Suaahara (Good Nutrition) II (Suaahara II)


The Suaahara II project in Nepal, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), builds on the success of the Suaahara I project. The project’s goal is to improve the nutritional status of more than 1.5 million women and children under 2 years of age. Suaahara II will cover 40 underserved rural districts of Nepal (38 districts from Suaahara I and two additional districts). As one of the consortium partners, FHI 360 has responsibility for providing technical inputs into nutrition assessment counseling and support. The consortium is led by Helen Keller International.

Suaahara I successfully reached more than 625,000 households with its integrated nutrition programming. Suaahara II also recognizes the importance of a multisectoral approach to realize its goals and the need to address equity, gender, social inclusion, behavior change and good governance. The project partners with the Nepal Ministry of Health, other government entities and other USAID-funded projects in overlapping districts.

The SUAAHARA project has been just being initiated and has been planned in 40 districts in all the development regions of Nepal. The project will be implemented under consortium approach in which ENPHO will contribute to achieve outcome on WASH “i.e., Household Adopts Essential WASH Actions”. The project will mainly support to attain ODF in the remaining district and promote total sanitation which has already gained ODF status. The project envisioned to improve nutrition status of the people particularly women and children through improving WASH status.

Activity Description

The direct beneficiaries of the project include pregnant and lactating women, and children under 2 years of age. Additionally, the project will work with:

  • Adolescent girls, to improve their understanding of nutrition, hygiene and reproductive health, and with adolescent boys to influence gender and other social norms
  • Female community health volunteers and frontline health workers, to promote behavior change and use of health services
  • Local government authorities, to improve their capacity to promote nutrition and health behaviors

Expected Outcomes

  • Improved capacity of 127,555 stakeholders and frontline workers on WASH Promotion
  • 89 VDCs are declared open defecation free
  • Households have improved knowledge and practice on water treatment and safe storage
  • Households have improved knowledge and practice on hygiene behavior
  • Increased girls friendly and child friendly facilities at schools
  • Increased investment among private sector to provide biogas, bio-sand filters, rainwater harvesting and other WASH services
  • Promoted total sanitation to attain healthy home and healthy community status

2016 - 2021

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