In Niger, where the Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) project has worked to improve nutrition since 2015, MIYCN [maternal, infant, and young child nutrition] behaviors are influenced by cultural norms and practices, including polygamy and an emphasis on male decisionmaking.
“Restoration of Health Services” made infrastructure improvements at 48 health care facilities in three counties in Liberia. Improvements included triage buildings, incinerators, potable hand-dug wells, latrines, and pits dedicated to disposal of specific types of waste. Today, health workers and patients can help to prevent and control the spread of infectious diseases for the entire community.
In Ethiopia, to address public health problems caused by lack of WASH facilities, JSI constructed standard public toilets with bathing rooms, updated health centers’ water supply systems, built public water points and pipeline extensions, and rehabilitated hand-dug wells and public latrines.
In northern India, JSI is working through PUSHTi, a community-centered initiative, to integrate nutrition, health, sanitation, and hygiene in order to address the immediate and underlying causes of undernutrition among women, adolescent girls, and children.
Today, on World Water Day, we focus on the crucial role of clean water in good nutrition and health.
Ella Jaiblai, Essential Nutrition Actions advisor for the LAUNCH project in Liberia, reports from the Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy (MSN) Global Learning and Evidence Exchange (GLEE) Workshop last January in Accra, Ghana.