WVB started a new partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to scale up the Direct Nutrition Intervention through the existing government health systems. Direct Nutrition Interventions are the set of proven nutrition specific interventions that have immediate and direct impact on nutrition status. It also targets the immediate causes of malnutrition.
WVB is implementing the Direct Nutrition Intervention project in two locations - Bhaluka and Khulna. In Bhaluka Upazila, the project is being implemented in two wards of Hobirbari Union since November 2012. In Khulna, WVB has been implementing it in Dacope and Koyra Upazila since April 2013, with full coverage.
This joint action has been addressing the needs of the population, with special focus on pregnant and lactating women, adolescent girls, and children under five years of age. This project focused on the mainstreaming of Direct Nutrition Interventions through public health infrastructures; and nutrition-sensitive actions through the key sectors Food Security and Livelihoods. All these led to a concerted effort to ensure improved coverage and uptake of essential nutrition interventions and practices at both community and facility levels.