National Nutrition Program (NNP)

Background:

Prevalence of malnutrition among children and mothers is alarmingly high and calls for action to achieve food security, mainly for the rural population of Bangladesh, is an utmost need. The National Nutrition Programme (NNP) is one of the success stories of GO-NGO partnership effort to assist people specifically children and women affected by malnutrition in Bangladesh. The success of the Bangladesh Integrated Nutrition Project (BINP), undertaken by the Government of Bangladesh in a large but limited area with the World Bank and other donors has demonstrated that community mobilization and community nutrition services delivered by NGOs can bring rapid and sustainable reductions in severe malnutrition among children. NGOs are able to deliver targeted food and micronutrient supplements to reproductive women who are suffering chronic energy and micronutrient deficiency.

HEED’s Intervention in the NNP:

HEED Bangladesh has a long history of working with the Government in the Health, Agriculture and Livestock sectors, particularly in the area of Nutrition, growth monitoring, home gardening and poultry. The community based health programme of HEED Bangladesh address nutrition and childcare activities since 1974. The main focus of Community Health Services are primary health care, Nutrition, health education, clean water and sanitation and BCC etc., which are also the main objectives of NNP as a whole. HEED has been involved in the home gardening and livestock activities with PKSF and other organizations, which also enable us to intervene in the NNP.

Goal:

To improve nutrition status of women & children so that malnutrition is no longer a public health problem.

Objectives:

§  To reduce severe protein-Energy Malnutrition (PEM) of children

§  To reduce moderate Protein-Energy Malnutrition (PEM) of children

§  To increase weight gain during pregnancy of pregnant women

§  To reduce the incidence of low birth weight

§  To reduce the prevalence of anemia among adolescent girls & pregnant women

§  To sustain the prevalence of night blindness among children aged 1-5 years

§  To reduce the prevalence of Iodine Deficiency Disorder

Target Beneficiaries:

Children under age of 2 years, Adolescent girls, Adolescent boys, Pregnant Women, Lactating Women, Newly married couple and Father & Mother-in-Law of lactating,

Major Activities:

*    Growth observation of <2 children

*    Food supplementation for children

*    Intervention for newly pregnant & lactating mother

*    Intervention for newly wed, adolescents and children

*    Weighting the new born

*    Campaign against early-marriage

*    Referring mother to other health related organization

*    Conducting training and meeting

*    Supportive Programs: (a) Poultry for Nutrition (b) Gardening  (C) VGD-NNP support program

Pentagon: Brief Information:
Project Duration: 2003-2011
Partners: Bangladesh Government and World Bank
Project Area: Sadar, Naria, Goshaerhat, Damuddia, Bhedorgonj            upazilas of Shariotpur District