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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
Care of Afghan Families (CAF)
Baby friendly village
Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP)
“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
Dr. Reddy's Foundation
Improving Nutritional Health of Mobile, Migrant Children Living on Construction Sites in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Sri Lanka Green Friends Environmental Organization
3 Generation Communication for improved Infant and Young Child Nutrition.
Child In Need Institute (CINI)
Universalizing Supplementary Nutrition for under 5 Children: A Social Business Model of NUTRIMIX production
Community - Local Government Partnership to Combat Child Malnutrition
Calcutta Kids Trust
Coupling diarrhea treatment and Behavioral Change Communication to reduce severe malnutrition among children 0-36 months in an Indian urban slum
Vijaya Development Resource Center
Enhanced infant and young child feeding practices linked with micronutrient sprinkles supplementation through a school based promotion and monitoring approach.
MaxPro Pvt. Ltd.
Development of a community based distribution network for the distribution of the Two Child Logo Adequately Iodized Salt (2CLAIS)
Deepak Foundation (erstwhile known as Deepak Charitable Trust)
Community involvement in promoting neonatal and infant nutrition practices in tribal and rural areas of Vadodara district, Gujarat, India.
International Centre for Diarrheal Diseases Research, Bangladesh
Promoting better infant and child feeding practice in the slums through performance based payment
Aga Khan University, Karachi, 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
Lata Medical Research Foundation(LMRF)
Evaluation of the effectiveness of cell phone technology as community based intervention to improve exclusive breast feeding and reduce infant morbidity
Equal Access Nepal
Nutrition through knowledge Nepal
INSTITUTE OF HOME ECONOMICS
Reducing maternal stressors and improving nutrition practices during pregnancy to enhance birth weight and infant survival: Designing an Innovative Intervention Package
HELP (Health Education and Literacy Program)
Home based nutrition rehabilitation of severely malnourished children
Helen Keller International, Inc. - NEPAL
Action Against Malnutrition through Agriculture (AAMA – Aama means mother in Nepali)
Aga Khan Health Services,India
Social Capital: A catapult for improving infant feeding
TRAINING AND ASSISTANCE FOR HEALTH AND NUTRITION FOUNDATION
Empowering women and adolescents for improving infant and young child nutrition in urban and rural Bangladesh
Addressing Iron Deficiency Anemia in Rural Rajasthan Through Iron Fortification of Flour at Village Level
HIV/AIDS and STD Alliance Bangladesh
“Comprehensive Nutrition Care to the extremely vulnerable Infant and Young Children”