April 3, 2017

It Takes a Village: Improving Nutrition through Community Health Workers

Written by Dr. Sascha Lamstein, JSI Technical Advisor, SPRING Project

This post originally appeared on Huffington Post.

Despite global consensus on the need to take action, malnutrition continues to be one of the greatest challenges to the development of countries around the world. The effects of malnutrition – which can be seen within families, communities and even economies – lead to reduced human potential and productivity.

However, community health workers (CHWs), with their strong connections to the families and communities where they work, are in a unique position to help! And the project I work on is committed to strengthening their role as an important part of the nutrition workforce.

USAID’s multi-sectoral nutrition Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) project is raising the status and quality of nutrition services provided by CHWs by paying attention to:

  • The foundation underlying how CHWs operate;
  • The support CHWs get to improve their practices; and
  • The public demand for nutrition services.

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