Malnutrition is a serious public health issue and a major factor in morbidity and mortality. Pregnant women and young children are especially vulnerable due to the additional nutritional demands of rapid growth. Malnutrition is the direct cause of thousands of deaths each year, as well as a contributing factor in more than one-third of all child deaths, and these deaths are generally avoidable. Nutritional interventions during pregnancy, postpartum, and early childhood can help to reduce childhood morbidity and mortality while also ensuring normal child development.
Growth monitoring (measuring and charting children’s growth) provides a cost-effective opportunity to identify growth issues before severe malnutrition manifests itself. The Health Foundation Nepal has been working in Nepal to improve the nutritional status of children under the age of five and women of reproductive age. This project’s major activities include community mapping, door-to-door visits to assess nutritional status of children aged 5 and women of reproductive age (15-49), identification of the problem (prioritization of real needs), intervention implementation within a specific time frame (1week), intervention follow-up on a regular basis, recording and reporting dissemination, and community and school-based BCC activities.