Adopting a Multisectoral Approach to Nutrition (AMAN) supports the Government of Bangladesh in improving the health and wellbeing of those in Cox’s Bazar. The project focuses on:
- Improving the knowledge and skills of health workers to deliver essential nutrition services and build understanding amongst the population about how and why to access these services, with a focus on those for pregnant and lactating women, children under five and adolescent girls.
- Providing support to eight priority ministries in Cox’s Bazar by building capacity of departments overseeing health and family planning, agriculture, fisheries, livestock, secondary education, women’s affairs, public health engineering and food to implement the gender-responsive Multisectoral Minimum Nutrition Package, and improve the ability of district and upazila nutrition coordination committees to plan, budget, implement and monitor gender-responsive Multisectoral Annual Nutrition Action Plans.
- Improving the reach and quality of two existing major social safety net programs (SSNPs) implemented by the Government of Bangladesh: Vulnerable Women Benefit (formerly the Vulnerable Group Development) and Food Friendly Program. The project will also provide technical assistance to government and NGO partners responsible for the implementation of these SSNPs to establish links with essential nutrition and gender-based violence support services.
AMAN also incorporates gender equality and environmental sustainability into its approach, as it seeks to address discriminatory socio-cultural gender norms and barriers and minimize the environmental impact of the project while enhancing its attributes.