GROUNDBREAKING BEHAVIOUR CHANGE PROGRAMME TO IMPROVE DIET AND INFANT FEEDING IN BENIN

GROUND BREAKING BEHAVIOUR CHANGE PROGRAMME TO IMPROVE DIET AND INFANT FEEDING IN BENIN

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THIS PROGRAMME AIMS TO PREVENT 9,000 CASES OF STUNTING AMONG CHILDREN AGED 0-59 MONTHS.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

The Power of Nutrition and UNICEF are supporting Benin Government’s Ministry of Health, Conseil National de l’Alimentation et la Nutrition, and local government administrations and communities to improve the reach and quality of nutrition services and increase their utilisation by women and children in three regions with the highest stunting burdens. The government, non-governmental organisations, and communities will collaborate to enhance and increase the delivery and utilisation of nutrition services while strengthening the national systems for nutrition programming.

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES

This programme aims to support Antenatal Care, Infant and Young Child Feeding, governance, and improved health care worker training to fight stunting, anaemia, and low birth-weight. The programme will support the Government to ensure an additional 363,000 newborns are exclusively breastfed and 470,000 additional children receive appropriate complementary feeding, while providing 458,000 pregnant women with antenatal care, including iron and folic acid supplementation. The programme aims to prevent 9,000 cases of stunting among children aged 0-59 months, save 1,000 additional lives and avert over 85,000 cases of anaemia among pregnant women.

 

HOW WILL SUCCESS BE MEASURED?

  • Number and % of new mothers of children aged 0 – 5 months reached by promotion of breastfeeding;
  • Number and % of pairs of child 6-23 months old + their mother reached by promotion of complementary feeding;
  • Number and % of new pregnant women sensitized on antenatal care and received IFA.

 

PROGRAMME ACHIEVEMENTS TO DATE

  • This programme has reached 223,842 women and 163,288 children with nutrition interventions since it began in 2019.
  • The programme has exceeded its first year target for the number of mothers reached by activities to promote breastfeeding by over ten percentage points (61% coverage), and also exceeded its target on number of women who received counselling on prenatal care and iron and folic acid supplementation by over 35 percentage points (87% coverage).

THIS PROGRAMME WILL ENHANCE AND INCREASE THE DELIVERY AND UTILISATION OF NUTRITION SERVICES WHILE STRENGTHENING THE NATIONAL SYSTEMS FOR NUTRITION PROGRAMMING.