Reducing Malnutrition

The Challenge

  • In the most deeply vulnerable areas of the world, there is a lack of vital data and information needed to help governments and communities reach informed decisions about how to permanently alleviate malnutrition.
  • HKI initiated our Nutrition Surveillance Project (NSP) in 1990 to monitor the health impact of severe flooding in Bangladesh.
  • Since 1990, HKI has conducted other Nutrition Surveillance Projects to provide assistance to countries experiencing health crises as a result of natural disasters, and to help developing countries develop the most cost-effective, locally-driven solutions for reversing the devastating effects of malnutrition on children and adults.

HKI Solution

  • HKI’s Food Security and Nutrition Surveillance Project (FSNSP) in Bangladesh, funded by the European Union and implemented in partnership with the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), monitors the health and nutrition impact of government policies and other factors affecting household food security and nutrition. The project conducts quarterly nutrition and health surveys which produce timely, accurate and insightful information on issues affecting the nutrition and health of Bangladesh's most vulnerable populations to be used by program planners, policy makers and other relevant parties within Bangladesh and internationally.
  • The Indonesia Crisis Bulletin series was developed to share findings from quarterly nutrition and health surveillance conducted by HKI in Indonesia in response to the need for monitoring the health impact of the Indonesian economic crisis that began in the latter half of 1997.
  • HKI has also completed Nutrition Surveillance Reports in Cambodia, including a report on Nutrition Sector Activities and a Cambodia National Micronutrient Survey, the findings of which were presented at a Micronutrient Workshop held by HKI in Phnom Penh in 2001.