Building on Community Strengths (GOAL)

Building on Community Strengths: Identifying and Addressing the Social and Cultural Aspects of Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition in West Hararghe Zone, Oromia Region, Ethiopia

November 2014 to May 2015
OutputsProject implementation, research, training
Technical Areas
Knowledge management; Nutrition and food technology

The project aimed to test and verify the hypothesis that “men, if strategically targeted, can positively contribute to an improvement in maternal dietary intake and diversity, [maternal, infant, and young child feeding,] as well as household hygiene and sanitation practices in rural communities in Western Hararghe Zone, Eastern Ethiopia.” GOAL’s impressive accomplishments under this small grant included establishing peer-to-peer learning and support groups, training government health officials and government and local health workers in health and nutrition best practices and approaches, and developing a draft tool to assess maternal nutrition.