JANO-Joint Action for Nutrition Outcome

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Project Synopsis

JANO will replicate proven best practices, and take to scale innovative local governance models for better nutrition. The project will work with the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) at the national, regional and local levels, to support the effective implementation of the second National Plan of Action for Nutrition (NPAN 2). The NPAN 2 provides the strategic vision for Bangladesh to achieve nutritional security, where all relevant ministries are compelled to support the initiative, which reports directly to the Prime Minister’s office. JANO will work at multiple levels of government, specifically with the Nutrition Committees at the district, upazila and union levels – building their capacity for them to better develop nutritional programmes, implement and budget for these programmes, and to provide effective oversight in its implementation. The NPAN calls for a multi-sectoral approach. JANO embraces this concept and will work with the NPAN Steering Committee to develop operational guidelines of how best this can be achieved. The objective of the project is to contribute in ending malnutrition of Pregnant and Lactating Women (PLW) together with addressing the nutritional needs of children under five years of age, and adolescent girls. The project has been working closely with the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) at the national, regional and local levels, to support the effective implementation of the National Plan of Action for Nutrition 2 (NPAN 2).

Projects Coverage

7 Upazilas in Nilphamari and Rangpur: Gangachara, Kaunia, Taraganj, Domar, Jaldhaka, Kishorgonj, Jaldhaka, & Nilphamari Sadar

Achievements and Milestones

Nutrition Governance

2 DNCCs, 14 UNCCs and 64 UDCCs are implementing ann ual nutrition plan for the 4th time

30% budget increased for nutrition interventions in about 64 Union parishad

7,484 CSG members (55% women) capacitated and 74% Of 624 CSGS are performing excellently

Social Protection

  • 86.6% of women and girls claimed services from community clinics
  • 287,000+ adolescents (65% girls) aware of nutrition issues from 330 schools
  • 483,000+ people, through community platforms got better access to community health services
  • 76,000+ students are oriented on GEMS

Impact on Nutrition

  • 1,092,000+ people 61% women directly reached
  • 2.5% reduction in the number of women affected by anemia
  • 47.9% increase in dietary diversity among children & 13% among women of reproductive age
  • 3.3% stunting, 1.1% Wasting among the children under five years age reduced

ICT and smart agricultural practice

  • BNNC Mobile application development completed and under UAT
  • 12.8% increase in the number of HHS practicing climate smart techniques
"Talking Books" Build a Nutritious Future in Bangladesh

Asma Akhter, 30, is a mother of two living in Nilphamari Sadar Upazila with her husband. When Asma became pregnant after 12 years, she was very careful during her pregnancy. She attended regular group meetings of JANO from which she learned about a tool called Amplio Talking Book.

The Talking Book is an audio device that holds a library of nutrition related audio content in the form of songs and general messages that are useful for pregnant and lactating mothers, adolescents, and more. As a part of JANO’s technological intervention for social and behavioral change communication (SBCC), the project deployed 208 Talking Books in the Rangpur and Nilphamari districts of Bangladesh. Talking Book played a crucial role in hard-to-reach areas where health staff faced challenges in covering SBCC interventions.

Asma is one of nearly 141,647 people who have listened to the Talking Book and learned some vital information for pregnant mothers which she used in real life. She said, “The talking book has helped me get very useful information during and after my pregnancy. The melody of the song is enjoyable, and it is not boring to listen to it many times."