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FANTA-2 Bridge Update: November 2011

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Dorothy Mora

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8 Nov 2011, 17:54

FANTA-2 BRIDGE UPDATE | November 2011 In this issue of the FANTA-2 Bridge Update, we highlight some of the latest publications, events, and news from the FANTA-2 Bridge project. All materials can be found on our website at complete list of publications can be found in the attached catalog. Please send any comments, questions, or suggestions to us at our email address ------------------------------------------------------------ New USAID Global Health e-Learning Course on Nutrition Published Inadequate maternal and child nutrition is the underlying cause of 3.5 million deaths every year and 35 percent of the disease burden for children under 5 years of age. Universal coverage of proven nutrition-related interventions could reduce overall mortality of children under 3 by 25 percent. This e-learning course, the first of several planned on nutrition, discusses the basic concepts of good nutrition and common nutritional deficiencies, the magnitude of malnutrition in different populations, vulnerable groups and the causes of undernutrition, and key indicators and ways of measuring them. It also outlines the major population-based interventions to improve nutritional status. The course, authored by FANTA-2 and produced by JHUCCP, is available through the USAID Global Health e-Learning Center website ( All courses are available free to anyone interested, however, registration is required. ------------------------------------------------------------ Review of Community-Based Management of Acute Malnutrition Implementation in West Africa, Summary Report This report summarizes the findings of reviews of Community-Based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) in four West African countries (Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger). It discusses the key determinants to achieving maximum impact of CMAM integration, scale-up, and quality improvement, which are grouped in five domains: the enabling environment for CMAM, competencies for CMAM, access to CMAM services, access to CMAM supplies, and quality of CMAM. Optimal practices, a summary of findings, constraints, and practical recommendations are provided for each key determinant. The review is available at ------------------------------------------------------------ Toolkit: For Countries Applying for Funding of Food and Nutrition Programs under the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) is the largest multilateral donor funding services for people living with HIV, people affected by HIV and AIDS, and people with active tuberculosis. An inter-agency team, consisting of the World Food Programme, the World Health Organization, the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, and FANTA-2, worked to create the Toolkit: For Countries Applying for Funding of Food and Nutrition Programs under the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Round 11) to strengthen Round 11 proposals for Global Fund funding. The toolkit can be used by countries considering inclusion of food and nutrition activities for the first time and by experienced countries that want to scale up their response or broaden the range of their food and nutrition support activities to address emerging problems. It provides potential Round 11 applicants with the information needed to include a food and nutrition component in their Global Fund proposals, have food and nutrition more consistently integrated into them, and improve the overall quality of their applications. The toolkit can be downloaded at ------------------------------------------------------------ Review of Community-Based Management of Acute Malnutrition Implementation in Niger, French Translation FANTA-2 undertook a review of Community-Based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) program implementation, including institutionalization and promising practices, in Niger to assess the degree to which CMAM had been incorporated into the country’s government health facilities and protocols. The purpose of the review was to provide the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (DCHA/OFDA) with a status report; draw lessons learned; and make recommendations on challenges, promising practices, and gaps to be addressed with DCHA/OFDA support during 2010 and 2011. The reviews were intended for DCHA/OFDA program planning and also potentially as an advocacy tool to guide other donors in planning CMAM support. This review can be downloaded ------------------------------------------------------------ Nutrition Care for People Living with HIV and AIDS: Training Manual for Community and Home-Based Care Providers Facilitators Guide and Participants Handouts, French Translation Community and home-based care providers are front-line workers in the care and support of people living with HIV (PLHIV). Their close contact with PLHIV and affected household members and their familiarity with the household environment offer a valuable opportunity for targeted nutrition care and support. This facilitators guide and the accompanying participant handouts are designed to equip community and home-based care providers with sufficient knowledge and skills to provide nutrition care to PLHIV as part of ongoing services. The materials are designed for training providers who do not have extensive education or technical knowledge. Topics include the relationship between nutrition and HIV, assessment of nutritional status, methods for improving food intake, management of HIV and AIDS complications, management of food and drug interactions, care for HIV-positive women and children, food and water safety and hygiene, and principles of counseling and networking. The materials are available in French and English at ------------------------------------------------------------ The FANTA-2 Bridge works to improve nutrition and food security policies, strategies, and programs through technical support to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and its partners, including host country governments, international organizations, and nongovernmental organization implementing partners. Focus areas for technical assistance include maternal and child health and nutrition in development and emergency contexts, HIV and other infectious diseases, and food security and livelihood strengthening. The FANTA-2 Bridge develops and adapts approaches to support the design and implementation of field programs, while building on field experience to improve and expand the evidence base, methods, and global standards for nutrition and food security programming. The project is a cooperative agreement between USAID and FHI360.

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