Afya Uzazi works with county governments to improve nutrition outcomes by implementing evidence based interventions at health facilities and at the community level. These interventions include maternal, infant and young child nutrition promotion and improved household hygiene. The select high-impact nutrition interventions are integrated with community water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) activities.

 

 

Specific nutrition interventions include:

  • Vitamin A supplementation and deworming of children is done routinely in health facilities and during the national Malezi Bora campaigns
  • Support for growth monitoring activities at health facilities including screening for malnourished children
  • Building capacity of health care workers and health facilities to manage children identified as malnourished
  • Baby friendly Community Initiative (BFCI), which promotes and supports breastfeeding, optimal complementary feeding, maternal nutrition, environmental sanitation and personal hygiene. Mother-to-mother support groups are formed to encourage breastfeeding and promote use of locally available foods through cooking demonstrations and kitchen gardening.
  • Promoting household dietary diversity through demonstrations to encourage families to establish kitchen gardens and use technology such as vertical bags to grow their own food. 
  • Growth monitoring in the community by health volunteers who assess the nutritional status of children and refer those who are malnourished to health facilities, conduct feeding demonstrations on complementary feeding and sell micronutrient-enriched porridge.
  • Promoting establishment of kitchen gardens to improve household food diversity and incomes.
  • Socially marketed health start nutrition rich porridge flour (See Inua jamii model)