Project profile — Maziko: Nutrition Foundations for Women and Children

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Maziko: Nutrition Foundations for Women and Children - Overview
CARE Canada (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011116)
2012-01-31 - 2015-03-31
Country / region • Malawi (100.00%)
Sector • Basic Health
Basic nutrition (12240) (100.00%)
Policy marker • Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (significant objective)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
Description and results


This project (Maziko) aims to benefit more than 236,000 women, with a focus on pregnant and lactating women and girls and boys in two districts where stunting and malnutrition are widespread. Addressing under-five child stunting head-on, the project takes an integrated approach to preventing and treating malnutrition by addressing behaviour change in the areas of feeding practices, agricultural production, water, sanitation and hygiene. The project also focuses on providing access to programs at the district and community level. The Maziko Project uses a model of behaviour change that has been proven to reach large numbers of households while strengthening community-based referral to health services.

Expected results

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) improved delivery of nutrition services to pregnant and lactating women and children (under five) in target districts in Malawi; (2) improved local enabling environment to sustain nutrition outcomes within target districts; and (3) increased women's economic and social empowerment in target districts of Malawi.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of the end of the project (March 2015) include: (1) 154 health surveillance assistants, 248 community promoters, 438 lead farmers, and 7,442 lead persons trained in community mobilization, maternal nutrition, optimal breastfeeding, complementary feeding, hygiene and sanitation, community management of childhood illness, dietary diversity, nutrition-rich food production, and food processing and preparation; (2) 48,922 beneficiaries reached with nutrition promotion activities through care group meetings, household cluster meetings, group cooking demonstrations, community sensitization sessions, field demonstrations, and home counselling visits; (3) 8,233 traditional leaders sensitized to nutrition-related issues; (4) seeds for 36,250 fruit trees and high-nutrient, locally available legumes distributed to 14,870 households for the establishment of backyard gardens; (5) 150 village water points renovated; (6) improved toilet facilities constructed at 13,241 households; (7) local hygiene and sanitation plans drawn up by 276 communities; (8) 89 villages declared "open defecation free" by the Government of Malawi and UNICEF; and (9) 2,334 village savings and loans (VSL) groups established and trained in VSL methodology (and 574 existing VSL groups also trained) reaching 24,662 participants (mostly women).



Original budget $0
Planned Disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
20-08-2015 Disbursement $92,482
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