130.5K

adolescent girls reached with education on healthy diets

9.5K

pregnant women to receive at least 90 iron-folic acid supplements

1.5K

health care workers to receive nutrition training

Opportunity

The burden of iron deficiency

Iron deficiency is a common cause of anaemia during pregnancy and a major cause of perinatal and maternal mortality and morbidity.

Malnutrition before and during pregnancy can lead to low birthweight babies, stunting, and increased risk of death for both mother and newborn.

Low birthweight is the leading cause of infant death in the first week of life, while those who survive often suffer from a range of health issues.

Adolescent girls who become pregnant are extremely vulnerable to developing anaemia, as it is difficult to meet their own nutritional needs in addition to the nutritional needs of their growing baby.

Rates of anaemia in Senegal

  • 57% of adolescent girls are anaemic
  • 54% of women are anaemic

Women and adolescent girls, especially out-of-school girls in remote and hard-to-reach regions, are the most vulnerable and least served by nutrition interventions.

UNFPA Senegal supports family planning programming that targets vulnerable populations, including hard-to-reach adolescent girls and women. We have an opportunity to expand intake and demand for nutrition interventions by leveraging the UNFPA program.

Our Solution

Improving IFA consumption and nutrition knowledge

Folate/Folic Acid

Folate/Folic Acid

Iron

Iron

Through capacity building of providers at all levels and behaviour change interventions targeting beneficiaries and their influencers, this project aims to:

  • Improve knowledge, attitudes, and practices on iron-folic acid supplementation and healthy eating among women and adolescent girls
  • Increase intake of iron-folic acid supplements by out-of-school adolescent girls living in remote areas in the Matam, Louga and Kolda regions through community-based interventions
  • Assess the bottlenecks and opportunities to improve the quantity, quality and timeliness of iron-folic acid provision that targets adolescent girls, and women in family planning, antenatal and postnatal care

Through a catalytic co-investment with UNFPA Senegal, Nutrition International, through Nutrition Leverage and Influence for Transformation (NLIFT), leverages and integrates nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions by utilizing:

  • UNFPA’s family planning intervention platforms
  • Mobile and social media channels targeting adolescent girls and women, including pregnant women

The Impact

Reaching more adolescent girls and pregnant women

This partnership will allow us to integrate critical nutrition interventions and education for adolescent girls and pregnant women into UNFPA's existing platforms, helping to ensure women and girls have access to the nutrition and knowledge they need.

130.5K

adolescent girls reached with education on healthy diets

9.5K

pregnant women to receive at least 90 iron-folic acid supplements

1.5K

health care workers to receive nutrition training