Countries currently receiving funding from The Power of Nutrition Trust Fund include Tanzania, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Cote d’Ivoire, Rwanda, Burkina Faso, and Nigeria. Country government counterparts benefit by receiving grant co-financing through IDA loans and/or strategically designed bank-executed funds that support technical assistance, quality improvement, and evidence. These investments primarily increase access to and utilization of nutrition services to women of reproductive age and children under the age of five.
Since 2015, The Power of Nutrition has expanded in scope from initial performance for results operations in Tanzania and Ethiopia to multisectoral and community-based operations in Madagascar, Cote d’Ivoire, Rwanda, and Burkina Faso, and a strategic approach to supporting technical assistance in Nigeria through Bank Executed Trust Funds. All of these programs focus on scaling up and institutionalizing the delivery of high-impact, evidence-based nutrition interventions through either primary health care services, community-based nutrition services, or a blend of the two. The investments also meet a need in each country to prioritize nutrition across health and other sectors, and for some, within a larger agenda for achieving universal health coverage and human capital goals. These programs draw upon best practices and lessons learned from within each country as well as from other countries that have mounted successful programs to substantially reduce stunting (e.g. Peru, Senegal, and Bangladesh).