The project pioneered new mechanisms for cooperation between public and private partners. Alianzas formed alliances by inviting new potential partners to participate in existing projects and jointly create solutions that could be implemented through nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) or government-led projects.
The overall purpose of Alianzas was to extend coverage and improve the quality of existing health and education services and incorporate state-of-the-art and proven approaches for increased social sector investments. Alianzas focused on maternal and child health, including promoting breastfeeding and family planning, as well as community and school nutrition, and workplace programming in support of HIV prevention.
Partnerships that received funding for activities supporting nutrition under this CA supported projects that improve maternal and child nutritional status and dietary practices, especially among pregnant and lactating women and children under two years of age, as well as other interventions to improve food security. We focused on the seven essential nutrition actions, adapting messages to local language and cultural realities. Alliance-building activities focused on creating partnerships for the following types of activities:
In addition, the project improved schools through infrastructure development. Based on a comprehensive health and education post-disaster assessment developed by the Government of Guatemala, Alianzas rebuilt, furnished, and equipped primary healthcare facilities and schools, and also restored access to water and sanitation systems.