An Introduction of SUAAHARA program
Suaahara (Good Nutrition) is comprehensive community focused program dedicated to improving the health and nutritional status of pregnant and lactating women and children under two years of age, thereby directly addressing the vulnerable points of development which results in child health (MNCH) service ,family planning services ,water sanitation and hygiene ,home based gardening and behavior change communication . Suaahara works closely with government to strengthen policies and programs that will improve health and nutritional status.
The program is supported by United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Suaahara integrates various sectors – Health, water and sanitation, livestock, education including food security activities. Suaahara will improve dietary diversity of mothers and children through homestead food production. Program works closely with FCHV and mothers groups to improve the health and nutrition behaviors of mothers, infant’s and young children,
In Nawalparasi district program is being implemented in all VDC in partnership with Nepal water for Health (NEWAH) and BES Nepal from 1 Iuly, 2012. The program period is from September 11 to August 2016. Program supports six VDCs of Nawalparasi district(Naram, Bharaatipur, Narayeni, Dumkibas, Guthiprasauni, Guthisuryapura) for Open Defecation free movement.
Program objective is to improve the nutritional status of pregnant and lactating women and child below 2 yrs of age.
Program mainly expect to
a) Improve the household health and nutrition behaviors
b) Increase use of quality nutrition and health services by women and children
c) Increase use of maternal, newborn and child health services, family planning services
d) Improve water sanitation and hygiene behaviors and practices
e) Increased consumption of diverse and nutritious foods by women and their families
a) Improve survival of mothers and their children by providing effective counseling on healthy timing and spacing pregnancy as critical for good health and nutrition;
b) Improve mothers knowledge and behaviors on infant and young child feeding issues;
c) Enhance clean water, sanitation and hygiene conditions by promotion of household facilities and community sanitation norms and by improving household knowledge and behaviors on proper disposal of feces and washing hands with soap;
d) Improve the food security of households by increasing the diversity of foods grown at home and consumption.
Cross-cutting issues: Gender, Equity and Social Inclusion, Behavior Change Communication, Capacity Building, Monitoring and Evaluation
Program core staff: 21