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July 25, 2017

Growing Food for a Growing Family in Senegal

People working in a field

This article originally appeared on SPRING Project’s website. Reposted with permission.

How Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Benefits the Whole Household Family Nutrition Rooted in the Garden

In the Thiaré Department of Senegal’s Kaolack region, eating a healthy, varied diet can be expensive. As Thiane Dramé’s family grew, so did the challenges to providing the food and health care they needed. “I just knew that because life is so expensive and our economic situation in this area is hard, that I would have to do something to make our life better,” said Thiane. To tackle the problem, she decided that she would have to learn to cultivate her own fruits and vegetables.

Soon after buying and planting her first seeds, Thiane’s farmer […]

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July 25, 2017

Clean fields bring stronger yields

Woman working in field

This article originally appeared on SPRING Project’s website. Reposted with permission.

Improved Sanitation Leads to Better Nutrition in Yiziidug, Ghana Simple Tools with a Big Impact

Today all 85 houses in the Yiziidug community in Ghana’s Garu-Tempane District have the tools they need to practice good sanitation and hygiene: household latrines and simple handwashing devices known as “tippy taps.” But this was not always the case. In 2015, before members of the Yiziidug community built sanitation facilities, open defecation under trees and on farmlands was commonplace. Most community members practiced subsistence farming and animal husbandry, but the presence of human feces made it nearly impossible to grow vegetables around homes or in neighboring fields.

 Because of SPRING’s […]

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July 25, 2017

Bringing Health to Neighbors through Better Hygiene

Grandmother and baby

This article originally appeared on SPRING’s website. Reposted with permission.

A Chief’s Wife Champions SPRING’s WASH 1,000 Approach A Village with Nowhere to Go

Residents of the Toroyili community of Ghana’s Tolon District now regularly practice the good hygiene they need for better nutrition and health. But that wasn’t always the case. Before 2016, Toroyili had no sanitation system or latrines. Community members practiced open defecation and did not regularly wash their hands because there were no facilities available. It was common to find domestic animals eating from children’s food bowls, possibly contaminating the food and exposing the children to animal feces, which can lead to lead to environmental enteropathy, a condition characterized by the poor absorption of nutrients […]

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July 25, 2017

Breastfeeding for a Brighter Future

Woman breastfeeding her baby

This article originally appeared on John Snow, Inc.’s website. Reposted with permission.

How One of Our First Acts of Sharing Builds Healthier Babies, Stronger Families and Sustainable Communities

When a baby is born, her purpose is simple: to grow into a healthy child. Breastfeeding makes this possible by giving a newborn nutritional and immunoprotective benefits that impact their immediate health, as well as their long-term health and opportunity for success.  As a development tool, breastfeeding is a key contributor to achieving the broader Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This World Breastfeeding Week, USAID’s global nutrition project, Strengthening Partnerships and Results in Nutrition Globally (SPRING), joins our many partners in recognizing the importance of promoting good breastfeeding practices and the supportive […]

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