Suaahara II (SII) is a seven-year USAID-funded program using a household-based approach to improve the nutritional status of pregnant and lactating women and children under two years of age. Building on the learnings from Suaahara I (SI), Suaahara partners have implemented a combination of nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions throughout 42 of Nepal’s 77 districts.
The program’s goals are wide-ranging, include to improve the quality and use of maternal and child health and nutrition services; increase ideal household practices related to health, family planning, nutrition, and water, sanitation, and hygiene; ensure community access to and consumption of nutritious foods in areas with very poor nutrition indicators; and improve nutrition governance.
All SII interventions are based on social and behavior change communication (SBCC) with a focus on gender equity and social inclusion. Digital platforms for data collection, follow-up, and service delivery also support monitoring, evaluation, and research for learning (MERL) practices and continuous program improvement.
Helen Keller International (HKI), CARE, FHI360, Equal Access, Nepali Technical Assistance Group (NTAG), Environment and Public Health Organization (ENPHO), Vijaya Development Resource Centre (VDRC)
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