Nutrition Programs provide unique solutions to the extreme problems that occur after hunger, like malnutrition and dehydration. View the key indicators of this subcategory here.
- Convoy of Hope
- Project Healthy Children
- Design Impact
- Medical Teams International
- Action Against Hunger
Children’s Feeding Initiative
Convoy of Hope
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The Children’s Feeding Initiative first reaches children with vital nutrition for their immediate needs, and then, through developed supporting programs that engage the family, provides long-term solutions to food security in their family and community. This model includes an agricultural program to train farmers, a women’s empowerment program and access to clean water. Feeding primarily happens in schools, as research shows nutrition programs in schools increase and stabilize attendance. In 2013, 1.2 million meals were produced by local Haitian farmers, women saw a 240% income increase and 145,000 children were fed. LEARN MORE.
Rwanda National Food Fortification Program
Project Healthy Children
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In 2008, the world’s top economists analyzed the costs and benefits of various public health interventions. Their conclusion: fortification is one of the most cost-effective interventions that exist to address micronutrient malnutrition. Food fortification is the practice of adding essential vitamins and minerals (e.g. iron, vitamin A, folic acid, zinc, iodine, B vitamins) to staple foods to improve their nutritional content. With this as their foundation, PHC and the Ministry of Health signed a Memorandum of Understanding outlining priorities for the development of a national fortification program including support to create a national strategy to guide fortification efforts, raise awareness on the issue, create a mandate for fortification, institutionalize regular program monitoring and reporting, and reinforce the capacity of industry to fortify. Based on a cost-benefit analysis conducted for Rwanda, which reveals estimated savings if fortification is implemented, PHC estimates economic savings of over $50 million a year. Infant mortality rate has the potential to drop by 65% and maternal mortality rate by 49%, an achievement that would allow Rwanda to meet and surpass the MDG 4 target. LEARN MORE.
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The Laddoo Project
A traditional laddoo is a small, ball-shaped snack. The Ladoo Project has developed a high-nutrition variant of this familiar snack that is inexpensive and provides a vital combination of protein and iron—essential nutrients for healthy, growing children. As the laddoo is a familiar food throughout India and easily made with local ingredients, it is well accepted by parents and children alike. Design Impact, in partnership with the Deep Griha Society, is using the laddoo to reduce malnourishment rates around Pune, India. After six months, approximately 50% of the children assessed as ‘severely malnourished’ at the beginning of the program had moved into the ‘World Health Organization height/weight-for-age’ nutritional safe zone. Now, nine-months after the initial pilot, laddoos continue to be distributed; supported by both parents and other local funders. LEARN MORE.
Haiti Foundation of Hope Community Health
Medical Teams International
MTI facilitates Haiti Foundation of Hope’s community health program by providing technical support to assess health issues, find resources, and build connections. Unlike other NGOs in this space, MTI provides very little funding and instead provides education and training to community leaders to assess health issues and measure results. The program leverages almost exclusively volunteers, with forty local community leaders for six villages. In Haiti, MTI has seen the number of children eating a minimum number of times per day increase from 55% to 68.4%, the number of pregnant women eating an extra daily meal increase from 66% to 86%, households with a home garden increase from 45% to 84% and children with mild, moderate, or severe underweight decrease from 31.6% to 21.1%. LEARN MORE.
Nutrition and Health
Action Against Hunger
Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Action Against Hunger’s strategic approach to fighting hunger has developed since 1979, working closely with the scientific and NGO community to research and implement best practice, scalable solutions. In D.R. Congo since 1997, Action Against Hunger has worked closely with the Ministry of Health to build local capacity, strengthen health systems, and provide emergency care. They’ve trained thousands of health workers, equipped hundreds of hospitals and health centers, and provided lifesaving therapeutic care for tens of thousands of severely malnourished children. In 1993, they developed a revolutionary milk formula that slashed mortality rates by 75% for severe malnutrition. In 1997, the milk formula helped create Plumpy’nut, the first ever ready-to-use therapeutic food, which brings cure rates up to 90-95%. LEARN MORE.
The Hunger & Poverty Experts
The Leadership Council is an honorary board comprised of a diverse group of experts that will collectively determine the winners of the CLASSY Awards in this cause sector. Their unique perspective and valuable insight establishes this recognition as one of the highest honors in the social sector.
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