Improving maternal and child health by using a family-centered approach that targets pregnant and lactating women in some of the most vulnerable areas in Haiti
Nearly one in every three Haitians does not have enough to eat, and women and children are especially vulnerable to the impacts of malnutrition. Our Haiti Nutrition Security Program (NSP) aims to improve the health and nutritional status of pregnant and lactating women and young children in Haiti. Our strategy hinges on a holistic community health, nutrition and livelihoods approach that works through local NGOs and integrates assistance activities within the existing government health and nutrition systems.
NSP activities include training healthcare workers and community members to improve their knowledge and behavior surrounding health and nutrition. NSP is using the Care Group model to target pregnant and lactating women, as well as other household influencers, who play a role in the nutrition and health of mothers and small children. It also promotes food security through agricultural livelihoods activities, particularly among women, to facilitate increased access to nutritious foods. Partners’ holistic and family-centered approach entails partnering with local Haitian organizations to integrate community health, nutrition, and livelihood activities within existing government health and nutrition systems.
Launched in 2013, NSP is funded by the USAID Feed the Future Initiative—a U.S. Government effort to combat global hunger and food insecurity.”
- 1,548 Mother Leaders trained
- 144 Care Groups
- 20,000+ women households reached
Support to Agricultural Research and Development Program in Haiti
The Support to Agricultural Research and Development Program (SARDP) in Haiti is a three-year USAID-funded effort being implemented by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences International Programs (IFAS Global) and its partners. The primary goals of the SARDP are to increase the availability and implementation of improved agricultural production technologies and systems and to strengthen agricultural technologies and nutrition extension systems. Partners of the Americas is working with IFAS Global to develop materials and workshops that link nutrition messages with the adoption of technologies that increase food production.