The goal of the program is to contribute to the improvement of the nutritional status of the most vulnerable population through intensified services to a level that is consistent with good health.
The program is implemented through strategy, policy analysis, capacity building & development, monitoring & evaluation, quality assurance, resource mobilization and technical support in nutrition.
I4DEV works with communities to provide innovation and resources so that the food and nutrition sector:
Maternal Infant and Young Child Feeding
I4DEV recognizes the critical role of nutrition in the health and well-being of women, mothers, and children, who are indispensable segments of the population, for socio-economic transformation and development. I4DEV supports the Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition programs through the provision of service delivery avenues that allow access to nutrition services for such a population. I4DEV focuses on the first 1000 days (that is, from conception until the baby is 2 years old) and the need to include Adolescents. The goal is to accelerate the implementation of key interventions to improve, protect and promote optimal maternal, infant, young child and adolescent nutrition practices in order to achieve improved health, well-being and survival of women, children, and adolescents in Uganda.
This thematic area focuses on supplementation and fortification. Food fortification is one of the strategies being pursued by the I4DEV to reduce micronutrient deficiencies.
Food fortification in Uganda is achieved in three main ways which include; Biofortification, Industrial Fortification and Home Fortification (Point of Use Fortification).
- Biofortification – I4DEV in partnership with key stakeholders in promoting the production and consumption of bio-fortified foods like iron-rich beans, orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, and high protein maize.
- Home fortification – this is where micronutrient powders (Vitamins and mineral powders) are added to complementary foods of children 6 – 23 months of age to increase their vitamin and mineral intake.
Supplementation; the main interventions are Vitamin A and Iron Folic Acid (IFA). Vitamin A is administered to children under 5 years of age every 6 months from 1 year as per the Integrated Child Health Days guidelines.
Nutrition and Disease
This includes Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition and Nutrition in HIV/AIDS. Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM) is an approach that addresses acute malnutrition and focuses on the integration of the management of acute malnutrition into the on-going routine health services at all levels.
The Community services involve early identification, referral, and follow-up of the acutely malnourished at the community level. SFP manages and treats MAM in children of 6-59 months and other vulnerable groups that include pregnant women, lactating women with infants less than 6 months, those with special needs such as the elderly. OTC provides home-based management and rehabilitation of SAM patients as well as MAM patients with HIV/TB who have an appetite and no medical complications. ITC is for the management of SAM with medical complications.
Nutrition in HIV/AIDS: Deals with patients of chronic diseases, including HIV and tuberculosis (TB). Ministry of Health and development partners have provided targeted nutrition interventions to districts and health facilities using the Nutrition Assessment, Counselling and Support (NACS) approach in services for people living with such people.
Operational and formative Research
This focuses on participating in food security and nutrition-related surveys.
Working in partnership with government and in conjunction with other key stakeholders, I4DEV invests in the promotion of food safety practices.