Community nutrition projects
FW: Community nutrition projects Florence Egal 02.10.2001
Re: FW: Community nutrition projects S.K Roy 04.10.2001
Re: FW: Community nutrition projects Tonia Marek 04.10.2001
Re: FW: Community nutrition projects Vicky Quinn 04.10.2001
Re[2]: Ngonut: FW: Community nutrition projects Rafah Aziz 05.10.2001

Date: Tue, 02 Oct 2001 17:02:35 +0200
From: "Egal, Florence (ESNP)" <>
Subject: FW: Community nutrition projects
Cc: "Nantel, Guy (ESNA)" <>

FAO is embarking on an initiative to document successful community-centered nutrition programmes and projects in Africa. Please find below a self-explanatory message from one of our colleagues. Your assistance to help identify relevant projects would be much appreciated. We would of course be pleased to keep interested people informed on the progress of this work.

Sincerely yours,

Florence Egal

-----Original Message-----
From: Nantel, Guy (ESNA)

As follow-up to our telephone conversation, we are looking for examples in Africa of programmes, projects directed to large populations, which have resulted in significant improvement in nutrition situations and which have become sustainable (institutionalised) for about five years. I would be glad to know about projects that provide evidence or information about processes that are leading to rapid progress and/or sustainability.

Thanks for your help.


Date: Thu, 04 Oct 2001 17:19:55 +0600
From: "Dr.S.K Roy" <>
Subject: Re: FW: Community nutrition projects
Cc: "Nantel, Guy (ESNA)" <>, "Dr. Iqbal Kabir" <>

Dear Dr. Guy,

It is my pleasure to share the large World Bank supported -Bangladesh Govt nutrition project (BINP) that has community based component run by GO-NGO partnership with rapid and tremendous success. This is a very large projects in Bangladesh.

We will be delighted to inform you more if you need.


Dr.S.K.Roy, Scientist
GPO Box 128
fax 880-2-8823116

Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2001 09:14:00 -0400
Subject: Re: FW: Community nutrition projects
Cc: "Nantel, Guy (ESNA)" <>

Mr Nantel,

The large-scale community nutrition projects which had an impact on nutritional status and which I know of in Africa are:
- Iringa in Tanzania,
- Secaline in Madagascar (targeted mainly to poor rural areas),
- PNC (Projet de Nutrition Communautaire) in Senegal (targeted to poor peri-urban areas).

Iringa has been well documented in the literature, the other two projects have data but not as much has been published in the formal literature (although you may want to look at the article in Health Policy and Planning of December 1999, pp. 382-389). I have worked on Madagascar and Senegal, and I therefore have data and contacts, should you need them.

Tonia Marek
Senior Public Health Specialist
tel: (202) 458-0777
fax:(202) 473-8216

Date: Thu, 04 Oct 2001 09:19:16 -0400
From: "Vicky Quinn" <>
Cc: <>, <>, <>
Subject: Re: FW: Community nutrition projects

Dr Guy,

Two pieces of information that relate to successful community focused nutrition programs in Africa pertain to the work of the USAID funded LINKAGES Project in the Academy for Educational Development.

1.) LINKAGES, jointly with a number of African institutions and UNICEF, has just completed an assessment of the better practices associated with successful community nutrition programs in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Over 10 different programs/projects were assessed and a draft report is available from Lora Iannotti at LINKAGES ( This work was recently presented at the Vienna IUNS.

2.) LINKAGES has data showing success in improving optimal breastfeeding practices (e.g. exclusive breastfeeding rates, early initiation rates) in its large scale country programs in Ghana and Madagascar, both conducted in partnership with each country's MOH. In both countries a major component of the strategy is to work with existing field programs (e.g. PVOs/NGOs) and community groups (e.g. women's groups) to promote appropriate infant feeding practices through a multi-level behavior change strategy. At the community level this includes promoting small do-able actions through a variety of communication channels (interpersonal, community mobilization & mass media). Please let me know if you would like further information.

Best regards,


Victoria Quinn, Ph.D.
Country Program Manager
The LINKAGES Project
1825 Connecticut Ave, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009-5721, U.S.A.
Tel: 1-202 884-8829
Fax: 1-202 884-8977

Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2001 15:31:53 -0400
From: (Rafah Aziz)
Subject: Re[2]: Ngonut: FW: Community nutrition projects
To: "Vicky Quinn" <>,

Thank you Vicky for the useful information.

Dear Lora,
Greetings from Khartoum
I would appreciate receiving copy of the draft report on the assessment of the project in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
This would be very timely as Sudan is starting next year a new five year Country Programme Cycle that will focus on strengthening community involvement through establishing Child Friendly Communities. One major component will be related to Nutrition interventions.
Our office could look into the possibility of arranging for our counterparts and UNICEF staff to coduct an orientation/information-sharing visit to project sites in one of the countries involved in the project.

Thank you in advance for your support, looking forward to hearing from you soon
UNICEF SCO, Khartoum - Sudan
P.O. Box 1358
Fax : (249 11) 471126


Rafah S. Aziz
Chief Health & Nutrition Section
Khartoum - Sudan P.O. Box 1358
Fax : (249 11) 471126 Tel.: (249 11) 471835 - 37- 38 Mobile : 249-(0)12309412
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