Project profile — Support to School Health and Nutrition


WFP - World Food Programme (41140)
2021-10-05 - 2023-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
MFM Global Issues & Dev.Branch

Country / region 

• Niger (33.00%)
• Burkina Faso (33.00%)
• Congo, Democratic Republic (34.00%)


• Basic Education: School feeding (11250) (50.00%)
• Basic Health: Basic nutrition (12240) (50.00%)

Policy marker 

• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (significant objective)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Nutrition (principal objective)
• Children's issues (significant objective)


The project will aim to improve the health and nutrition of children in Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Niger through school-based interventions. This project will expand on the original project in South Sudan and Somalia. In response to the COVID-19 crisis and in recognition that partnerships are needed to meet the health and nutrition needs of children, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) launched an initiative to strengthen their partnership at the global level and on the ground. Globally, the partnership seeks to reach 35 million children in 30 fragile and low-income countries with an integrated package of school health and nutrition services. The current project seeks to support WFP’s and UNICEF’s interventions assisting the Governments of the three countries to reopen schools safely, and to incentivise the most vulnerable children, particularly girls, to return to school safely where they can receive essential health and nutrition support. As schools reopen, this project is designed to prioritize school meal programmes with innovative delivery systems that can be adapted to the COVID 19 context to ensure that households can access nutritious foods. WFP and UNICEF have developed detailed country plans in Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Niger to provide an integrated suite of activities to support children’s well-being, health and nutrition. These include school feeding, take home rations, micronutrient supplementation, community sensitization, water hygiene and sanitation (WASH), and education assistance for the most vulnerable and crisis affected children.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased access to nutritious food and improved health by providing school meals, take-home rations, micronutrient supplementation and deworming for girls and boys; (2) improved access to a healthier and adequate learning environment (including COVID-19 mitigation measures) for girls and boys; (3) increased access to adequate sanitation and hygiene services for girls and boys, especially adolescent girls; (4) trained teachers on school health and nutrition, hygiene and the menstrual hygiene movement, COVID-19 mitigation measures and psychosocial support, with a focus on adolescent girls; (5) sensitized target communities including adolescent boys and girls, parents, teachers and local traditional authorities and leaders on girls’ education, nutrition, social and health rights, and on gender-based violence (GBV); and (6) improved awareness among target groups in the communities on girls’ education, knowledge, nutrition, health and reproductive health, and on GBV.

Results achieved 


Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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