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World Bank Grant Competition Awards $840,000 to Grassroots Initiatives to Address Undernutrition in South Asia

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In Dhaka: Mehrin Mahbub (880-2) 8159001-28  Ext. 4251
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In Washington: Benjamin Crow (202) 473 5105
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Dhaka, August 5, 2009 ─ Twenty-one civil society organizations from across South Asia won grants today from an $840,000 award pool funded by the South Asia Region Development Marketplace (DM). The winners received up to $40,000 each to implement innovative ideas on how to improve nutrition in their respective countries.

Undernutrition is one of the most challenging issues facing South Asia,” said Isabel Guerrero, World Bank’s Vice President, South Asia Region, at the opening ceremony today in Dhaka. “Poor nutrition robs a child of a chance to succeed and live a healthy, productive life. And yet, an investment in nutrition is one of the social policy interventions that has the highest impact for each dollar spent, in improving this child’s future.”
 
Innovative ideas, such as a proposal from Care of Afghan Families to improve the nutrition status of young children through focus not just on their mothers, but also on other family members was one of the winners. One of the winning projects from Bangladesh focused on promoting better infant and child feeding practice in the slums through performance-based payments. With the funds awarded today, the winners will have up to 18 months to carry out and implement their innovative projects.

India was the most represented country among winners, with nine out of the 21 winning proposals. Bangladesh and Nepal tied in second place with four winners each.  Pakistan followed with two winners. Sri Lanka and Afghanistan had one winning proposal each.

Titled “Family and Community Approaches to Improve Infant and Young Child Nutrition,” the competition was designed to identify some of the most innovative ideas to improve nutrition, focusing especially on children under two years of age and pregnant women. It drew nearly 1,000 applications from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, and through a vigorous assessment process by international development experts, the applicants were narrowed down to 60 finalists who showcased their ideas today in Dhaka.

All of the finalists gathered here today are winners,” said Ms. Guerrero, during her opening remarks, emphasizing that the greatest outcome of the Development Marketplace is precisely the learning that comes from the exchange of ideas and experiences between all the participants. Dr. A. F. M. Ruhal Haque, Bangladesh’s Minister for Health and Family Welfare, inaugurated the opening ceremony extending a warm welcome to all participants and praising the initiative. Mr. Abul Maal Muhit, Bangladesh’s Minister for Finance handed over the certificates to winners during the closing ceremony.
 
A Bangladeshi proposal to promote nutritional status of malnourished children of commercial sex workers and families of people living with HIV/AIDS won the People’s Choice Award, following popular voting by visitors who attended the Development Marketplace today in Dhaka.

The South Asia Regional Development Marketplace was sponsored by UNICEF, World Food Programme, PepsiCo, the Micronutrient Initiative (MI), GTZ (Germany), and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). 

For more information about the South Asia development Marketplace, please visit: http://www.worldbank.org/nutritiondm2009

For more information about the World Bank’s work in South Asia, please visit: http://www.worldbank.org/sar

Table of Winners

 

 

Proj. #

Organization

Country

Project Title

154

Care of Afghan Families (CAF)

Afghanistan

Baby friendly village

518

Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP)

India

“Community-driven” Nutrition Behavior Change Campaign for improved infant and pregnant feeding practices in tribal communities of Andhra Pradesh through “community-managed” Nutrition cum Day Care Centers

549

Dr. Reddy's Foundation

India

Improving Nutritional Health of Mobile, Migrant Children Living on Construction Sites in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

553

Sri Lanka Green Friends Environmental Organization

Sri Lanka

3 Generation Communication for improved Infant and Young Child Nutrition.

580

Child In Need Institute (CINI)

India

Universalizing Supplementary Nutrition for under 5 Children: A Social Business Model of NUTRIMIX production

584

Concern Worldwide

Bangladesh

Community - Local Government Partnership to Combat Child Malnutrition

604

Calcutta Kids Trust

India

Coupling diarrhea treatment and Behavioral Change Communication to reduce severe malnutrition among children 0-36 months in an Indian urban slum

623

Vijaya Development Resource Center

Nepal

Enhanced infant and young child feeding practices linked with micronutrient sprinkles supplementation through a school based promotion and monitoring approach.

624

MaxPro Pvt. Ltd.

Nepal

Development of a community based distribution network for the distribution of the Two Child Logo Adequately Iodized Salt (2CLAIS)

625

Deepak Foundation (erstwhile known as Deepak Charitable Trust)

India

Community involvement in promoting neonatal and infant nutrition practices in tribal and rural areas of Vadodara district, Gujarat, India.

645

International Centre for Diarrheal Diseases Research, Bangladesh

Bangladesh

Promoting better infant and child feeding practice in the slums through performance based payment

649

Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan

Pakistan

A randomized controlled trial of a comprehensive community-based intervention to improve linear growth velocity amongst children aged 6-18 months in urban squatter settlements in Karachi

676

Lata Medical Research Foundation(LMRF)

India

Evaluation of the effectiveness of cell phone technology as community based intervention to improve exclusive breast feeding and reduce infant morbidity

686

Equal Access Nepal

Nepal

Nutrition through knowledge Nepal

789

INSTITUTE OF HOME ECONOMICS

India

Reducing maternal stressors and improving nutrition practices during pregnancy to enhance birth weight and infant survival: Designing an Innovative Intervention Package

895

HELP (Health Education and Literacy Program)

Pakistan

Home based nutrition rehabilitation of severely malnourished children

899

Helen Keller International, Inc. - NEPAL

Nepal

Action Against Malnutrition through Agriculture (AAMA – Aama means mother in Nepali)

924

Aga Khan Health Services,India

India

Social Capital: A catapult for improving infant feeding

931

TRAINING AND ASSISTANCE FOR HEALTH AND NUTRITION FOUNDATION

Bangladesh

Empowering women and adolescents for improving infant and young child nutrition in urban and rural Bangladesh

995

Seva Mandir

India

Addressing Iron Deficiency Anemia in Rural Rajasthan Through Iron Fortification of Flour at Village Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PEOPLE's CHOICE

 

 

 

 

516

HIV/AIDS and STD Alliance Bangladesh

Bangladesh

“Comprehensive Nutrition Care to the extremely vulnerable Infant and Young Children”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROJECTS

COUNTRY

 

1

 

Afghanistan

 

4

 

Bangladesh

 

9

 

India

 

4

 

Nepal

 

2

 

Pakistan

 

1

 

Sri Lanka

 

21

 

Grand Total




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