The goal of Nutri-Salud is to improve health and nutritional status of Guatemala’s rural and indigenous populations. Nutri-Salud’s target population are the 30 municipalities (pop. 1.2 to 1.5 million) in five departments (six Health Areas) in the Western Highlands. The target beneficiaries are children under five, with emphasis on those under two years, and women of reproductive age.
The Nutri-Salud Project objectives are to:
- Improve the nutritional status of women of reproductive age and children under five by implementing the seven Essential Nutrition Actions (ENA), an integrated package of cost-effective actions proven to reduce maternal and child malnutrition and associated death and disease, by focusing on the 1,000 day “window of opportunity” (i.e., during pregnancy and the first two years of a child’s life, when ENA can prevent malnutrition);
- Strengthen essential maternal, neonatal, and child health care and family planning services at the community level, with a constant health care presence in target communities; and
- Engage communities in determining active solutions to their health care needs through community mobilization and linkages to local government structures.
Nutri-Salud has four technical components, which are implemented in an integrated manner within a continuum of care framework for integrated maternal, neonatal, and child health with a focus on the ‘1,000 days’ approach.
- Component 1: Prevention of Chronic Malnutrition
- Component 2: Improved Obstetric, Neonatal, and Child Health Care, including, Community-based Integrated Management of Child Illness (c-IMCI)
- Component 3: Community-based Family Planning (FPC) and Reproductive Health (RH) Services
- Component 4: Community Mobilization and Linkages to Local Government for Improved Health and Nutrition