Commitment to Action

Nutrition in the 1st 1000 days: Healthy Mothers and Babies

Commitment by

Gardens for Health International

In 2015, Gardens for Health International (GHI) committed to improving ante-natal care and nutrition for 1,600 women in Rwanda. Improving maternal nutrition is important for a mother’s health, and can have essential impacts on her child’s long-term physical and cognitive development. In this pilot project, GHI will leverage its existing model of reaching communities with nutrition education and training through government health centers and community workers; this project will target pregnant women specifically, and add a new curriculum on maternal nutrition. It will provide 1,440 women of reproductive age with education on the importance of ante-natal care, empower 60 local nurses and community healthcare workers to educate communities in maternal nutrition and refer pregnant women to appropriate clinical care, and reach 160 pregnant women with nutrition interventions. GHI’s approach utilizes the food production skills of local communities, which are already engaged in agriculture, and equips women to provide for their own nutritional needs and the needs of their families by growing nutritious food.

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Commitment

Nutrition in the 1st 1000 days: Healthy Mothers and Babies

Launched

2015

Est. Duration

1 year

Estimated Total Value

$83,137

Region

Africa

Countries

RWANDA

Commitment by

Gardens for Health International

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Musanze District, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Segal Family Foundation, Child Relief International