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2 SPRING Publications Win APEX Awards for Publications Excellence

July 11, 2017

Two publications from the JSI-led Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING), a U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) global multi-sectoral nutrition project, have been honored with an APEX Award for Publication Excellence. The national competition is judged by experts in communications and design, who look for quality in concept, writing, design, and presentation. This year, the contest received almost 1,400 entries.

National and District Tools for Anemia Programming

The National and District Tools for Anemia Programming are separate but complementary sets of Excel-based tools designed to facilitate a data-driven and multi-sectoral approach to reduce anemia: The Guidance for Conducting a Landscape Analysis for Anemia and District Assessment Tool for Anemia (DATA)

The Guidance for Conducting a Landscape Analysis for Anemia, the Anemia Landscape Analysis Tool (in Excel), and the User’s Guide for the Anemia Landscape Analysis Tool can help countries understand their national anemia situations. The DATA helps district officials prioritize actions to reduce anemia and is accompanied by user’s, faclitator’s, and training-of-trainers guides.

Both sets of tools are accessible through the SPRING website and were developed by the SPRING anemia team, led by Dr. Sorrel Namaste. They were given their distinctive and user-friendly design by SPRING KM team member Jimmy Bishara. Website versions were designed by SPRING KM team member Daniel Cothran.

Seeing Is Believing: The SPRING/Digital Green Experience in Niger. Evidence from a Community Video Approach for Nutrition and Hygiene Behaviors

The Seeing is Believing report documents an evaluation of SPRING’s community video approach to improving nutrition and hygiene behaviors in the Sahel. SPRING and Digital Green (DG) have built partnerships with existing community groups and introduced this innovative community media program in Niger. The SPRING/DG pilot intervention in Niger aims to contribute to a decrease in childhood illnesses caused by poor handwashing, and to support improved dietary intake through an increase in the use of responsive feeding practices.


The program helps rural communities create and share videos that promote high-impact maternal, infant, and young child nutrition (MIYCN) and hygiene behaviors. This report presents results from a mixed-methods evaluation on the acceptability, effectiveness, and scalability of the SPRING and DG community-led video approach on MIYCN and hygiene behaviors in Niger. Findings were promising and indicated that community members, including women of reproductive age, men, and adolescents, perceived the community video approach was an acceptable and feasible tool to support behavior change.

The report was written by Leanne Dougherty, Marjolein Moreaux, Chaibou Dadi, and Sophie Minault and designed by SPRING KM team member Jimmy Bishara.

It is available here is English and French.