Project profile — Addressing COVID-related Under Nutrition


Micronutrient Initiative (CA-CRA_ACR-2869974816)
2022-03-23 - 2025-03-21
Global Affairs Canada
OGM Indo-Pacific

Country / region 

• Bangladesh (100.00%)


• Basic Health: Basic nutrition (12240) (80.00%)
• Population Policies/Programmes And Reproductive Health: Reproductive health care (13020) (20.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal 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 (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (principal objective)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable and hard-to-reach people, especially women, newborns, children and adolescent girls belonging to host communities in the Cox's Bazar district of Bangladesh. The project offers support in response to undernutrition in these communities, related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Project activities include: (1) training frontline health workers on how to provide quality nutrition services to vulnerable women, men, girls and boys; (2) training officials of relevant ministries on developing a coordinated, gender-responsive and environmentally-friendly behaviour change communication package for improving the nutritional status of hard-to-reach communities; (3) providing technical assistance to Bangladesh’s Department of Environment and Ministry of Women’s and Children’s Affairs on promoting adolescent nutrition and services to address gender-based violence; (4) procuring fortified rice for selected social safety net programs that target poor and vulnerable groups, including women of reproductive age and children; and (5) conducting advocacy with key decision makers on recommendations for scaling up gender-responsive nutrition programs which target poor and vulnerable groups, especially children under five years of age and pregnant and lactating women. This project is expected to benefit about 3 million people living in the eight sub-districts of Cox’s Bazar.. It includes 165,000 pregnant and lactating women, 570,000 children under five years of age and 131,000 adolescent girls and boys. The project also targets selected social safety net programs in Cox’s Bazar through which an estimated 455,000 of the most poor and vulnerable people, including 113,000 women of reproductive age, can receive fortified rice

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved provision and uptake of essential nutrition services by the public health systems for pregnant and lactating women, adolescents and children under five years of age; (2) enhanced implementation of gender-responsive multisectoral nutrition action plans by priority ministries at district and sub-district levels in Cox’s Bazar; and (3) improved reach and quality of social safety net programs for pregnant and lactating women and for children under five years of age in Cox's Bazar.

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 Project-type interventions
Date modified: