Addis Ababa: Jhpiego conducted a launching and orientation program for its Feed the Future Ethiopia “Growth through Nutrition” pre-service education component on Friday April 7, 2017. The meeting introduced the project, discussed the baseline assessment findings and deliberated on planned interventions and the roles of higher learning institutions, government counterparts and stakeholders.
Growth through Nutrition, a five-year USAID-funded project led by Save the Children, is a multi-sectoral nutrition and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project designed to decrease maternal, neonatal and child mortality by improving the nutritional status of women and children under five through sustainable, comprehensive, coordinated and evidenced-based interventions with special emphasis on the first 1,000 days (conception to 2nd birth day).
Jhpiego is working to strengthen nutrition and WASH pre-service education at higher education institutions in Ethiopia in collaboration with five ministries (Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Ministry of Livestock and Fishery, and Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity), participating pre-service education institutions, and nutrition partners and stakeholders.
“We as USAID are really excited to see the approach that Jhpiego and Save the Children have developed in effecting the pre-service education component,” said USAID’s Larisa Mori, the project’s Agreement Officer’s Representative (AOR).
The project will build on best practices and the successes of the “Empowering New Generations to Improve Nutrition and Economic opportunities” (ENGINE) project using the already-established relationship with existing institutions and expanding to new ones.
The pre-service education component of Growth through Nutrition will work with 19 higher education institutions to improve the quality of nutrition and WASH education for nutritionists, health, agriculture, and water technology cadres.