Afghanistan – MNCH

Improving Nutrition for Mothers, Newborns and Children in Afghanistan

From February 2013 – December 2016, Save the Children is working in nine provinces in Afghanistan on a project that aims to improve nutrition for mothers, newborns and children. The provinces are: Bamyan, Daikundi, Kandahar, Jawzjan, Faryab, Sari Pul, Kunduz, Takhar, and Nangarhar Provinces.

Our goals

This project aims to meet the basic health needs and reduce the vulnerability of the people in Afghanistan, with a focus on women and girls. In particular, the project strives to:

  • Enhance healthy nutritional practices by mothers/primary caregivers for newborns and children under five
  • Increase equitable and gender-sensitive nutritional/health services to mothers/primary caregivers, newborns, and children under five

What we’re doing:

  • Increasing the availability of nutrition-related goods and services that minimize risks while optimizing positive outcomes for women – particularly pregnant and lactating women; and children – particularly those under two years of age
  • Increasing knowledge among men and women on moderate/severe acute malnutrition
  • Increasing awareness of and access to Nutritional/Health services at the community level
  • Enhancing the capacity of local NGOs and government staff to plan, implement, and evaluate gender-sensitive maternal, neonatal and child health strategies and programs