Proper nutrition for mothers and children

The project aims to contribute to the nutritional improvement of children 6- 23 months old in the Provinces of Bujumbura, Bubanza and Cibitoke through fortified food and promoting good dietary practices.

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Funding agencies

Project supported with funds from the World Food Programme and the Embassy of the Netherlands in Burundi

Starting date

October, 2016

Implementation period

12 months

Burundi is one of the African countries with the highest rate of chronic malnutrition of the world (IFPRI) In accord to the Global Food Security, Nutrition and Vulnerability survey, in Burundi (WFP, February 2014), 49% of children under the age of 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition, 5.5% suffer from acute malnutrition and 25.6% suffer from low birth weight. Micronutrient deficiencies discovered in children under the age of 5 and in women of childbearing age are a public health problem. This project comes at a very critical situation of malnutrition and food insecurity in order to implement actions coherent with Burundi's global strategy on the prevention of malnutrition This strategy entails: -The implementation of actions for the prevention of micronutrient deficiency and chronic malnutrition (distribution of fortified food and flour to 6-23 month old children); - The promotion of good dietary and hygiene practices through the promotion of local products; - The prevention of malnutrition must focus on the first 1000 days of the child's life, ie from conception to 23 months after birth; - The improvement of nutrition and hygiene in schools.

The project aims to promote food and dietary diversification strategies, good eating practices and the consumption of fortified foods – in the communities of the Provinces identified.

  • Distribution of micronutrients (MNP) to 80,000 children 6-23 months old;
  • Training for Community Health Agents on the change of conduct for children's nourishment (ANJE) and the use of MNPs, exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of the baby, complementary feeding and basic knowledge of hygiene;
  • Quarterly coordination meetings with the District Health Officials to verify the distribution coverage and the degree of population acceptability;
  • Preparation of a menu guide to be taken in school canteens, formulated on the basis of locally available foods for the distribution of balanced meals;
  • Training for 50 primary schools teacher on good eating practices, balanced menus for school meals and management of school canteens;
  • Preparation of educational materials on nutrition issues (posters, radio spots);
  • Promoting the use of Moringa Oleifera (tropical plant rich in vitamins) as a dietary supplement to be taken in the preparation of meals for school lunches and planted in nurseries at schools.


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