JSI Awarded Global Nutrition Project
December 3rd, 2018 | news
December 3rd, 2018 | news
December 3, 2018, Washington, D.C. — JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI) is pleased to announce that it has been selected by USAID to improve nutrition for women and children in low- and middle-income countries around the globe. The five-year program—USAID Advancing Nutrition—will bring together international and local organizations from various sectors and disciplines to design, implement, and evaluate activities that combat malnutrition.
“This new initiative has enormous potential to improve the health and nutritional status of vulnerable populations around the globe by working across sectors to address the root causes of malnutrition,” said Heather Danton, director of the new USAID Advancing Nutrition project. “JSI is excited about this opportunity to work with a wide range of partners to improve nutrition outcomes for people, families, and communities in support of the Agency’s efforts to save lives and promote strong, productive citizens and self-reliant societies.”
Poor nutrition results in millions of deaths among children each year and costs billions of dollars in lost productivity. USAID Advancing Nutrition will take a multi-sectoral approach to minimize the root causes of malnutrition by building local capacity, supporting behavior change, and strengthening the enabling environment to save lives, improve health, build resilience, and increase economic productivity.
With decades of maternal, newborn, child health, and nutrition experience, JSI recently completed USAID’s global multi-sectoral nutrition project, Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations Globally (SPRING) (2011-2018). In addition to USAID Advancing Nutrition, JSI currently implements multiple country-specific health programs in Africa and Asia that integrate nutrition interventions into routine health service delivery to strengthen health systems. Through USAID’s Advancing Nutrition and other nutrition programs, JSI works with local partners to test and apply practical solutions to complex nutrition challenges, capture what works, and share learning to accelerate scale-up of effective nutrition interventions.
JSI’s core implementing partners for the USAID Advancing Nutrition project include Helen Keller International, National Cooperative Business Association, CLUSA International, Save the Children U.S., the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, Results for Development, The Manoff Group, The African Nutrition Leadership Programme at North-West University, South Africa, Cornell University, and the University of California, Davis.