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The Afikepo Programme was designed in line with the EU global Action Plan on Nutrition (APN) launched in 2014 and the holistic ‘Four pillars approach’ as adopted by the Malawi National Nutrition Committee (NNC) in 2015. The pillars are aimed at improving coherence and complementarity of support to the nutrition sector for greater sustainable impact:

1) Agriculture for nutrition security and improved maternal, infant and young child feeding and care practices;

2) Primary health care, therapeutic care, support and treatment;

3) Integration of behavioral change and communication for optimal maternal and young child feeding and care (knowledge, attitude and practices) among communities, learners, professional and frontline workers through nutrition education; and

4) Governance, human capacity building, research, monitoring and evaluation and fortification.

Afikepo is a joint effort with other Development Partners (DPs) to address nutrition issues through a multi-sector integrated approach that scales up successful previous existing initiatives. The EU resources focus on pillars 1, 3 and 4, entailing implementation in a joint and parallel approach in close complementarity to specific interventions from other DPs on pillar 2 that target the same Afikepo districts.

The Afikepo nutrition programme has three specific objectives:

Specific objective 1

To increase and diversify dietary intake of safe and nutritious foods to achieve optimal nutrition for women of child bearing age, adolescent girls, infants and young children in the targeted districts.

Specific objective 2

To increase the use of enhanced nutrition knowledge and awareness and hygiene practices by the target communities, learners and Programme Development Agents (PDAs).

Specific objective 3

To strengthen multi-sectoral governance of nutrition contribution both to national and district development planning and monitoring as well as informing national level policies.

The Afikepo programme is implemented in four main components by various partners as follows:

Save the Children Fund LBG

Save the Children Fund LBG and covering specific objective 3:

To strengthen multi-sectoral governance of nutrition contribution both to national and district development planning and monitoring as well as informing national level policies.

 

The Food and Agriculture Organization in partnership with The United Nations Children's Fund

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) component covering specific objectives 1 and 3 and implemented in partnership with The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Objective 1: To increase and diversify dietary intake of safe and nutritious foods to achieve optimal nutrition for women of child bearing age, adolescent girls, infants and young children in the targeted districts.

Objective 3: To strengthen multi-sectoral governance of nutrition contribution both to national and district development planning and monitoring as well as informing national level policies.

 

 

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) covering specific objective 2:

To increase the use of enhanced nutrition knowledge and awareness and hygiene practices by the target communities, learners and Programme Development Agents (PDAs).

World Food Programme - Tsogolo La Nthanzi

WFP covering specific objective 2:

To increase the use of enhanced nutrition knowledge and awareness and hygiene practices by the target communities, learners and Programme Development Agents (PDAs).

The Government of Malawi Multi-Annual Programme Estimate

The Government of Malawi Multi-Annual Programme Estimate (covering all specific objectives and implemented by Directorate for Nutrition, HIV&AIDS under the Ministry of Health in collaboration with other technical ministries)