Our vision is a world where malnutrition has been substantially reduced and where disparities in hunger have been eliminated.

This vision is grounded in our core belief that all children have a right to the best possible start in life and to optimal health, development and well-being. Moreover, reaching CARE’s vision of eliminating poverty and achieving social justice is only possible when our vision has been realized.

Nutrition Plus specifically focuses on meeting the needs of women of reproductive age and children under two living in countries that continually shift along the emergency-development continuum. Nutrition Plus works collaboratively with country offices and other partners to implement programming that integrates maternal nutrition practices, optimal infant and young child feeding (IYCF), early childhood development, food security, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and women’s empowerment.

Nutrition is the selected point of entry for a holistic approach to child health and development programming that can be integrated throughout CARE’s multiple sectors. Generating and sharing knowledge to broadly influence global practice is a primary objective of our work.

Our Approach

Our innovative approach combines service delivery, capacity building, facilitation and advocacy to promote good nutrition practices, increase access to nutritious food, and leverage political commitment to address malnutrition.

Our approach includes:

external image enabling-environment.png?w=71&h=71Improving the enabling environment

An environment that supports mothers is one where child nutrition can take root.

external image health-systems.png?w=63&h=63Strengthening health systems to support IYCF and related maternal nutrition

Nutrition Plus programs increases the knowledge and skills of health systems personnel at the local, district and national levels. We work with existing government infrastructures to create supervisory and referral systems.Our programming encourages community members to participate in decisions about availability and access to quality services.

external image empowerment.png?w=59&h=59 Empowering individuals and communities to make good choices when it comes to nutrition

Nutrition Plus uses a participatory process with communities to develop important nutrition skills; promote behavior change; and maintain healthy behaviors. Community members are invited to participate in the planning, implementation, delivery and evaluation phases . In this way we foster community ownership, sustainability and empowerment.

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