After completing its multi-year nutrition advocacy run through several phases, CARE’s Bangladesh’s Collective Impact for Nutrition (CI4N) initiative held an event titled “Learning Dissemination and Close-out Event of Collective Impact for Nutrition Initiative (CI4N) on February 24, 2021 in Dhaka. This event was a follow-up to the national level close-out event held on February 17, 2021 in Sunamganj. Honorable Director General of Bangladesh National Nutrition Council, Dr. Md. Khalilur Rahman graced the event as Chief Guest on both the events.
In the later event, Dr. Ikhtiar Uddin Khandaker, Director-Health Program, CARE Bangladesh, delivered the welcome speech in the presence of other eminent guests Mr. Md. Abdul Ahad, Director (Admin), Bangladesh Land Port Authority, Former Deputy Commissioner, Sunamganj; Dr. SM Mustafizur Rahman, Line Director, NNS and Director, IPHN (Acting). Ramesh Singh, Country Director of CARE Bangladesh, Juan Echanove, Acting Senior Director of Food Nutrition Security, Thomas Schaetzel, Director, Global Coordination, Health Equity, Jennifer Orgle, Program Director- Nutrition Plus, Health Equity of CARE USA, were also virtually present in the event and spoke about their experiences with the initiative. Mohammad Hafijul Islam, Acting Team Leader of CI4N presented a keynote on project advocacy win and learning sharing with the audience. Other delegates from donors, INGOs and civil society on health & nutrition sector also participated in the event.
Implemented by CARE Bangladesh, through funding of the Sall Family Foundation and technical support from CARE USA; Collective Impact for Nutrition primarily functioned as a countrywide nutrition advocacy initiative that facilitated a process towards establishing the District Nutrition Coordination Committee (DNCC) and Upazilla Nutrition Coordination Committee (UNCC) and helped promote the model of Multi-sectoral approach to improve nutrition across Bangladesh. The overall goal of the initiative was to reduce malnutrition (stunting) among children under two years by addressing the nutritional needs of pregnant, lactating mother, adolescent girls and children under two.
"Sunamganj district is a role model in implementing the multi-sectoral nutrition program"
- Dr. Md. Khalilur Rahman, Director General, Bangladesh National Nutrition Council
Prabodh Devkota, Deputy Country Director Program, appreciated the support and leadership of the Government towards providing strategic insights and collective efforts to test the model and scaling up of “Multi-Sectoral Approach to Nutrition” along with other stakeholders. He added, ‘building on these milestones the leadership from BNNC has helped to strengthen the national level momentum by developing guidelines and curriculums to develop capacity at all levels; developing the first district level “Participatory Multi-sectoral nutrition annual action plan (Sunamganj)” in Bangladesh and governments’ commitment to scale up this process; and putting efforts in expanding multi-sectoral nutrition platforms at sub-district levels.” Thanking all the participants in event, Devkota added, ‘with Government’s leadership, CARE will continue to collaborate with other stakeholders to further strengthen these processes and achieve nutrition outcomes in Bangladesh.
The events were featured in multiple newspapers. To know more, click here:https://www.carebangladesh.org/media-center-view-all.php?type=NewsRoom