Nutrition at the Center reached mothers, their children, and influential household and community members through an integrated intervention model of malnutrition prevention, care, and support, while working toward the goal of a 13% reduction in anemia in women and children and a 9% decrease in child stunting. Nutrition at the Center reached more than 200,000 women, men, and children through almost 5,400 peer groups – including mother-to-mother support groups, VSLAs, SAA groups, and adolescent girls’ groups.
The integrated components of CARE’s approach include:
Maternal, Infant, and Young Child Nutrition: Achieving large-scale change in these practices is challenging and takes time. To facilitate the process, CARE created “transformative group” platforms that increased the number of mothers receiving nutrition education, created a social environment supporting change, and allowed peers to share experiences and best practices for pregnancy, breastfeeding, and complementary feeding. These groups included mothers’ support groups, male support groups, adolescent girls’ groups, and VSLAs.