Mainstreaming interventions in the health sector to address maternal and child undernutrition

Mainstreaming interventions in the health sector to address maternal and child undernutrition

Malnutrition is a contradiction of sorts – a multisectoral problem that needs to be addressed sector by sector. The health, education, water and sanitation, agriculture, trade and several other sectors have a role
to play in addressing malnutrition. Cognizant of this need for ‘thinking multi-sectorally and acting sectorally’ (World Bank 2006), theWorld Bank awarded a grant under its Development Grant Facility to the
International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh to host a partnership to mainstream nutrition through the health sector. The plan is to learn from this experience and to follow this up with
an expanded partnership that would bring under its umbrella similar efforts through other critical sectors.
One of the key objectives of the Development Grant Facility grant is to support the documentation of the evidence, lessons and experiences from strengthening the nutrition component in Maternal and Child
Health (MCH) initiatives.

This global review of nutrition interventions, coordinated by the Mainstreaming Nutrition Initiative in collaboration with the Aga Khan University, is a part of this larger attempt.

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