This paper presents the findings of a nutrition audit for DFID Malawi,
which was conducted by MQSUN between June and July 2012. It looks at the
extent to which current DFID Malawi programmes and activities already
make a contribution to the reduction of undernutrition, the potential
for scaling up the existing programmes to contribute to the reduction of
undernutrition, and an assessment of the feasibility of integrating
nutrition outcomes into the new DFID Malawi programmes. Suggestions for
nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive indicators that could be
integrated into the existing Malawi programmes are also included.
All current DFID programmes, with the possible exceptions of the
governance and security and wealth-creation programmes, were found to
have an effect on addressing the nutritional status of women and
children. That being said, one can define a causal pathway from these
programmes to nutrition under certain circumstances.
Based on an analysis of gaps in current nutrition programming in Malawi,
we have proposed six interventions which can be integrated into current
DFID Malawi programmes:
- Increase diet diversification through kitchen gardens and behaviour
change communication (BCC) on feeding practices.
- Improve nutrition surveillance system established to ensure quality
measurement, efficient data collection, recording, and management.
- Increase integration of infant and young child nutrition (IYCN)
services into early childhood development (ECD) centre activities.
- Increase awareness and skills of community leaders and community
health workers (CHWs) in optimal infant feeding and nutrition within
the context of HIV.
- Increase awareness on benefits of iron supplementation amongst
- Improve hygiene and sanitation practices in beneficiary primary
schools and communities.
PATH. Assignment Report: Nutrition audit report for Malawi. PATH, Washington DC, USA (2012) v + 27 pp.
Assignment Report: Nutrition audit report for Malawi.