Abt Associates: Bold thinkers driving real-world impact
A poster showcasing an Abt Associates-managed USAID Feed the Future project in Tanzania won an award at the Micronutrient Forum Global Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia June 2-6.
The poster, presented by Abt’s Dr. Generose Mulokozi, a public health nutritionist with the Tuboreshe Chakula project, was chosen from more than 500 abstracts as the outstanding poster under the theme, “Bridging Discovery and Delivery.” The president of the Micronutrient Initiative, Joel Spicer, praised the poster for explaining the project’s effective, innovative public-private partnership to bring micronutrient powder supplements for improving nutritional quality of food for young children in vulnerable regions of Tanzania. He also referred to the abstract as the one that best captures the theme of bridging the gaps between evidence and implementation within micronutrient programs.
The project has introduced, marketed, and promoted the supplement, called Virutubishi, in eight food insecure districts of Tanzania. Forty-two percent of all children in Tanzania suffer from stunting and micronutrient deficiencies due to under-nutrition. A year after it first became available through shops, pharmacies, clinics and mobile village health a workers, a survey has shown that 30 percent of families in target regions with children under five are using Virutubishi regularly and 97 percent of households recognize the social brand of Virutubishi sachet.
Read more about the project:
Simple, Commercial Solutions to Reduce Malnutrition in Tanzania
Projects in Tanzania Focus on Health System Strengthening, Government Goals
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