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Technical assistance providers from Nutrition International’s Nutrition Technical Assistance Mechanism (NTEAM) across multiple assignments in Bangladesh are effectively coordinating to ensure alignment of their work. Through its Technical Assistance for Nutrition (TAN) project, NTEAM brought together three teams of technical assistance providers for joint onboarding and regular touchpoints, including a session with a Nutrition International advisor on mainstreaming gender equality. NTEAM and the Nutrition International Bangladesh country office fostered a coordinated and collaborative approach to technical assistance delivery from the onset to optimize impact. Leading the overarching technical assistance to support the operationalization of the National Plan of Action for Nutrition-2 (NPAN2), NTEAM technical assistance provider Dr. Iqbal Kabir plays an important coordination role among other NTEAM technical assistance providers in Bangladesh.

The effectiveness of this approach was evident and reinforced when NTEAM members working on the TAN project travelled to Bangladesh in February 2019 to meet with the SUN Focal Point, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoH&FW), the Bangladesh National Nutrition Council partners and NTEAM TA providers.

The visit coincided with the national level multi-stakeholder workshop on monitoring and evaluation review, which was organized and delivered by NTEAM technical assistance providers (pictured above) as part of the support to strengthen multi-sectoral nutrition monitoring and reporting. This is one of the three Nutrition International technical assistance assignments underway in Bangladesh including the formulation of the Advocacy Plan for Nutrition aligned with Social and Behavior Change Communication Strategy.

The Advocacy Plan for Nutrition in Bangladesh, developed by the MoH&FW, was launched at the end of March and is expected to strengthen the enabling environment for implementation of the Second National Plan of Action for Nutrition (NPAN2) 2016-2025.