800

healthcare workers trained to provide nutrition services

20%

increase of exclusively breastfed infants in their first six months (kenya)

3

countries use micronutrient powder supplementation

The Need

The burden of malnutrition

Three million children die every year because of malnutrition, which is half of all deaths of children under five.

Children who get enough healthy food before turning two finish at least four more grades of school and are 33% more likely to escape poverty as an adult.

Our Solution

Enhancing nutrition services

Folate/Folic Acid

Folate/Folic Acid

Iron

Iron

ENRICH helps to achieve global nutrition targets, reduce maternal and child mortality, and improve overall maternal, newborn, and child health and nutrition outcomes by:

  • Using nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive approaches to reduce malnutrition in the first 1,000 days after conception
  • Strengthening health systems by training health workers for quality provision of nutrition services, improving nutrition commodity management in health facilities, and improving health service delivery information for program decision-making
  • Developing evidence-informed, context-specific behaviour change interventions
  • Increasing consumption of fortified and biofortified food, micronutrient supplements and a variety of nutritious food
  • Strengthening gender-responsive governance, policy and public engagement on maternal, newborn and child health

ENRICH is expected to reach:

  • 674,000 mothers
  • 553,000 children

We also conduct research to inform government decision-making, including:

  • Development of a cost-effectiveness model comparing iron-folic acid supplementation to multiple micronutrient supplementation (MMS) during pregnancy. An accompanying online tool, the MMS Cost-Benefit Tool, provides country-specific information about the health benefits and budget impact of adopting antenatal MMS
  • Impact evaluation and cost-effectiveness analysis of interpersonal counselling to improve adherence to iron-folic acid supplement consumption among pregnant women in two districts of Bangladesh
  • Qualitative research to understand the health- and nutrition-related knowledge, attitudes, and care-seeking behaviours of pregnant adolescents and their influencers in Bangladesh

The impact

Improving maternal, newborn and child health

ENRICH is working to improve maternal and child health and nutrition in Bangladesh, Kenya and Tanzania. Through nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions, strengthened gender-responsive policies, and evidence generation and research, we are helping more children get a healthier start to life.

800

healthcare workers trained to provide nutrition services

20%

increase of exclusively breastfed infants in their first six months (kenya)

3

countries use micronutrient powder supplementation