This program is being implemented with technical and financial support from United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and in collaboration with Helen Keller International since 2016. The strategic objective of this program is to improve the nutrition status of women and their children under two years of age.
It supports the Government of Nepal to achieve the goals set in the National Nutrition Action Plan. This program coordinates and supports District Development Committee, District Health Office, District Water Supply and Sanitation Office, District Agriculture Development Office, District Live Stock Office, District Education Office, and District Woman Development Office to implement its activities. This program covers all 68 VDCs and two municipalities of Sindhupalchok district targeting 1000 day mothers and children aged under two years of age.
To improve household health and nutrition behaviors, this program expects major two results including that households adopt Essential Nutrition Actions (ENAs) and Essential Hygiene Actions (EHAs). The major activities in ENA includes Food Demonstration Sessions, celebrating key life event for 1000 days mothers and nutrition days, and identifying ideal families while major activities in EHA are to support regularizing the District WASH Coordination Committee and Village WASH Coordination Committee meetings, provide orientation for V-WASH CC and child members on the clean house concept, conduct orientation and awareness sessions on water safety plans and P/A Vial test demonstration during V-WASH CC meeting, establishment of hand washing corner in Community Awareness Center, conduct mason training for toilet construction, conduct educational visits to 1000 days mothers and their household members by Field Supervisors during household visits. Suaahara program supported three VDCs namely Marming, Nawalpur and Lagrache in declaring Open Defecation Free status.
Likewise, the Suaahara program supports health facilities and Female Health Community Volunteers (FCHVs) to increase the frequency of health and nutrition services used by women and children. It trains community level service providers and FCHVs to promote the nutritional status of golden 1000 day mothers and children. This program has been conducting different activities like capacity building training for Health Facility Operation and Management Committee (HFOMC) members, supporting to regularize HFOMC meetings, supporting to conduct FCHV monthly meetings, supporting in conducting RHCC meetings, and distributing IEC/BCC materials.
Furthermore, the program also implements activities to improve homestead food production, especially targeting households of 1000 days mother. It has selected and trained Village Model Farmers, supporting the formation of homestead food production groups by training them to increase production of green vegetables. The program also supports District Development Office to regularize the meetings of Community Aware Center (CAC) and Ward Citizen Forum (WCF). During CAC meetings, messages on health, nutrition, hygiene and sanitation aired through the Bhanchhin Aama Radio Program are discussed.