The Suaahara project funded by USAID Nepal has been successfully running for the last 4 years, and is now moving towards its second phase with HKI being the primary implementer, and working in collaboration with 6 other implementing partners, and taking support from community based organisations at the district level. HKI and its implementing partners intend to use DHIS2 as their project data monitoring system for tracking the key indicators to understand the key area of interventions, the impact on health status, and making well-informed decision based on the data collected.
The Suaahara II project is a five-year USAID-funded program, with a multi-sectoral approach based on a result based framework. The overall goal of the program is to reduce the prevalence of nutrition related anomalies such as being underweight, or suffering from stunting and wasting amongst the child population of less than 5 years of age. In addition, the prevalence of anaemia is also monitored in mothers as well as children.
The project has implementation scope in 40 districts, 38 of which were part of the Suaahara I program, and 17 of which were implementing the Suaahara program since 2012 in Nepal. The Helen Keller International (HKI) is the lead partner of Suaahara II, other partners include CARE, Equal Access, Environment, and Public Health Organization (ENPHO), FHI360, Vijaya Development Resource Centre (VDRC), and Nutrition Technical Assistance Group (NTAG).
The project components aim to facilitate team behaviour changes including improving the household nutrition, sanitation, and routine health measures, enhancing the use of quality nutrition and health services, increasing access of households to quality nutrition rich food, and working with the local government to roll out a multi sector nutrition plan.
Key functions of the Suaahara II System includes: