Sikasso Region is one of the most affected regions by malnutrition in Mali. According to the Standardized Monitoring and Assessment of Relief and Transitions Survey in 2016, 30.2 percent of children under 5 years of age are stunted. Causes of malnutrition in Sikasso are due to suboptimal nutrition and health behavior, limited access to high nutrient foods, and poor access to health, water and sanitation services.
To support local government of Sikasso in improving nutrition status of the population, particularly women and pregnant women and children less than two years old, USAID/Mali funded Save the Children for five years (October 2013 to September 2018) to implement integrated nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive intervention in six health districts of Sikasso Region. Core investment areas are:
The Nutrition and Hygiene project’s strategy is twofold: