Capacity Building of Health Workers for Nutrition Support in Nepal (2006 — 2009)
The aim of this project was to upskill government health workers, including female community health volunteers, in using a food-based approach to deal with nutrition issues.
A food-based approach aims to solve nutrition health issues by encouraging people eat locally available and real food rather than use supplements. This approach was a mainstay of the Nutrition Programmes run by NPCS’s parent organisation United Mission to Nepal (UMN) and has been recognised as a key strategy for reducing malnutrition.
With funding from Child Fund Japan-JICA Nepal, training was delivered in five districts:
More than 90% of health workers and volunteers (2800 individuals) in the project districts were reached with training over three years.
Health workers and volunteers who received training then shared their knowledge with community mothers’ groups, helping to spread an understanding of good nutrition.
“The findings of this study demonstrate that the project has been highly successful in improving the knowledge and skills of health workers in nutrition.” Project evaluation final report, New Era for Child Fund Japan, 2009.
“All the target groups and beneficiaries interviewed highly appreciated the project activities and… particularly activities relating to food-based approach and follow-up of malnourished children and mothers were found to be effective.” Final project evaluation, Nepal Social Welfare Council, 2009.