The five-year programme consists of three pillars:
- Community- based health and nutrition services
This includes a broad package of interventions aimed at improving overall foetal and child nutrition and development. Nutrition-specific interventions include adolescent and maternal dietary supplementation, treatment of severe acute malnutrition, disease prevention and management and nutrition interventions in emergency situations. These will be complemented by nutrition-sensitive interventions such as robust early child development programming, improvement to water and sanitation practices and enhanced access to family planning services.
- Improving Health Facility-based service delivery
We’re aiming to enhance the ability of primary and secondary health care workers to deliver better quality reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health services. This includes provision of improved equipment as well as training to health workers in a diverse range of areas including therapeutic feeding, non-communicable diseases, mental health, and emergency care. There is also a strong focus on enhancing healthcare worker’s monitoring and evaluation and financial reporting capabilities. It aims to improve the quality of services and increase coverage of the interventions included under the first component.
- Strengthening Government Stewardship, Programme Management and M&E
We’re aiming to support the creation of a nutrition-enabling environment by providing technical assistance to the Food and Nutrition Coordination Office as it develops an integrated and efficient multisectoral programme for nutrition. This assistance will help the Government of Lesotho plan and co-ordinate the programme from the national level to district and community level. Technical assistance will also be provided for the development and implementation of policies and guidelines, as well as government monitoring and evaluation capabilities, to ensure ongoing rigorous reporting and sustained progress. Additional support through an NGO will coordinate the implementation of community-based activities.