Despite considerable achievements to combat hunger and malnutrition, Bangladesh still continues to fall short of global thresholds. In order to combat some of the key challenges, the nutrition portfolio provides an integrated set of interventions to empower communities in vulnerable situations and improve their nutritional outcomes.
Our frontline community health workers utilise home visits, counselling sessions, coaching, demonstrations, problem-solving, and referrals to improve feeding practises of pregnant women and mothers. We also provide early childhood development care through direct services at the community and engage local government institutions for improving service delivery outcomes. Over the past year, we have counselled 1.6 million mothers on exclusive breastfeeding and recommended complementary feeding practises, in addition to counselling 1.1 million pregnant women and adolescent girls on dietary diversity and adequate food intake.
Courtyard meetings, school forums and social mobilisation efforts help to address the nutritional needs of adolescent girls. We also offer interventions to promote nutrition-sensitive agriculture to enable households to produce more nutritious food for consumption as well as increase their productivity to increase availability and accessibility of nutritious food in their communities.