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BURKINA FASO – “WASH-IN-NUT” PROGRAMME: INTEGRATION OF A MINIMUM PACKAGE IN UNDERNUTRITION TREATMENT PROGRAMMES

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BURKINA FASO – “WASH-IN-NUT” PROGRAMME: INTEGRATION OF A MINIMUM PACKAGE IN UNDERNUTRITION TREATMENT PROGRAMMES

BURKINA FASO – “WASH-IN-NUT” PROGRAMME: INTEGRATION OF A MINIMUM PACKAGE IN UNDERNUTRITION TREATMENT PROGRAMMES

As part of its work to promote Nutrition Security interventions aiming at sustainably preventing undernutrition, ACF has produced a set of practical case studies based on recent and current nutrition-sensitive interventions in different contexts. This case study presents an innovative intervention currently being implemented in Burkina Faso

 The main risk factor for children under five years of age, undernutrition is responsible for the deaths of more than 40,000 children each year in Burkina Faso: results of the national nutritional survey conducted in August 2012 showed a prevalence of global acute malnutrition (GAM) of 10.5% and severe acute malnutrition (SAM) of 1.4%, while underweight reached 31.4% and chronic malnutrition 28.9%. Waterborne diseases are very common and contribute to aggravating the nutritional situation of the population.

In response to worrying levels of acute malnutrition, ACF-France has set up a programme aiming at improving prevention, detection and treatment of acute malnutrition for children under five years of age, and pregnant and lactating women, in the Tapoa province, East region of Burkina Faso. By supporting activities related to nutrition and food security, ACF’s objective is to contribute to poverty reduction and the prevention of malnutrition in a sustainable way with local solutions. To increase the impact of these activities, the WaSH sector has decided to implement the “WaSH-in-Nut” strategy, which calls for the systematic integration of a minimum WaSH package in undernutrition treatment programmes.

A short case study has been developed to present the innovative approach used for this project, in order to raise awareness and share good practices on how WaSH interventions can contribute to the prevention of undernutrition.

The document part of a set of studies on nutrition-sensitive interventions developed by the ACF “Aligning interventions with Nutrition” Working Group to show how these interventions can effectively contribute to a better nutrition, by using a nutrition lens at different steps of the project cycle. The objective of the “Aligning intervention with Nutrition” Working Group is to promote and scale up nutrition sensitive interventions, through documenting lessons learnt, building evidence, developing tools and guidance and building capacity.

The full set of case studies can be found here: http://www.actioncontrelafaim.org/fr/content/aligning-casestudies

For more information on the “Aligning” approach, please refer to the ACF manual: Maximising the Nutritional Impact of Food Security and Livelihoods Interventions. A Manual for Field Workers.

http://www.actioncontrelafaim.org/fr/content/maximising

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