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Jordan National Micronutrient & Nutrition Survey (JNMNS 2019)

Project Ongoing

 
In collaboration with the Jordan Health Aid Society-International (JHASi), GroundWork is conducting the Jordan National Micronutrient and Nutrition Survey (JNMNS 2019), a national micronutrient and nutrition survey that is being implemented in all governorates of Jordan and in Syrian refugee camps. The survey is funded by UNICEF and WFP, and is supported by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Department of Statistic in Jordan. Key collaborators of the JNMNS also include BioLabs, the American University of Beirut (AUB), and the University of Wisconsin. With guidance from MOH, GroundWork and JHASi are leading the planning of the survey, organizing for field and laboratory logistics, data entry and analysis, and reporting and dissemination.

The Gambia National Micronutrient and Non-Communicable Diseases Survey

Project Completed

 
GroundWork is providing technical support to the National Nutrition Agency and UNICEF to plan and implement The Gambia National Micronutrient and Non-Communicable Diseases Survey. The survey is assessing anemia, malaria, and micronutrient deficiencies in women and children, and measuring overweight/obesity status, blood pressure, and diabetes status (measured with glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) concentrations) in women only. The survey is implemented in conjunction with UNICEF’s Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS), and is collecting biological specimens from a sub-sample of children and women that participated in the MICS. To support this survey, GroundWork has developed the survey protocol, procured urine and blood collection materials, trained survey field staff, supervised data collection, coordinated biomarker assessment, conducted data analysis and drafted of the survey report.

Programme effectiveness studies to reduce maternal and child malnutrition in Kenya

Project Ongoing

 
One Acre Fund has received support from the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) to expand their agricultural intervention model by including nutrition-sensitive and nutrition-specific interventions. To ensure that future interventions are evidence based, GroundWork and One Acre Fund are undertaking two studies to assess the nutrition impact of multiple nutrition activities: a longitudinal study of children <5 years of age and a longitudinal study of the "1,000 window" of growth and development that will enroll pregnant women and later track nutrition outcomes in their offspring. Both studies use a cluster-randomized controlled approach and are located in Western Kenya.

Uzbekistan National Nutrition Survey

Project Ongoing

 
GroundWork is providing technical support to the Ministry of Health and UNICEF to plan and implement a national nutrition survey in Uzbekistan. Previously, GroundWork has developed a survey protocol and is now providing support to the procurement of blood collection materials, training of survey field staff, supervision of data collection, coordination of biomarker assessment, data analysis and drafting of the survey report.

Ghana Micronutrient Survey

Project Completed

 
In collaboration with the University of Ghana-Legon, GroundWork is conducting the Ghana Micronutrient Survey (GMS 2017), a national micronutrient and nutrition survey that is being implemented in all regions of Ghana. The survey is funded by UNICEF and has been mandated by the Ghana Health Services. GroundWork and the University of Ghana-Legon lead on all aspects of the survey, starting from planning the survey, organizing for field and laboratory logistics, data entry and analysis, and reporting and dissemination.

Determinants of stunting, wasting and anemia in Guinea and assessment of nutritional response during the Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Sierra Leone

Project Completed

 
In collaboration with UNICEF, GroundWork has analyzed data from DHS and SMART surveys to document the nutritional trends in children and women, and to investigate the determinants of stunting, wasting, and anemia in Guinea. In addition, GroundWork has conducted extensive qualitative research on the impact of the Ebola outbreak on nutritional care during and after the outbreak for both affected and non-affected populations, with a particular focus on infant and young child feeding practices. This qualitative research has been conducted in both Guinea and Sierra Leone in collaboration with UNICEF (Guinea) and Focus1000 (Sierra Leone).

Oman National Nutrition Survey

Project Completed

 
GroundWork is providing technical support to the Ministry of Health and UNICEF to plan and implement a national nutrition survey in Oman. GroundWork’s support includes the development of a scientific survey protocol, procurement of blood collection materials, training of survey field staff, supervision of data collection, coordination of biomarker assessment, data analysis and drafting of the survey report.

Investigating the association between enteropathy and stunting in young children in Tanzania

Project Completed

 
In collaboration the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Helen Keller International (HKI), and the World Health Organization (WHO), Tanzania’s National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) and GroundWork have conducted a case-control study to investigate the associations between stunting and biomarkers of environmental enteropathy in young children in Tanzania’s Lake Zone. Along with questionnaire data collected as part of an endline study implemented by IFPRI, HKI, and NIMR, enteropathy biomarkers were measured in blood and stool samples collected from children 22-28 months of age. As part of this project, GroundWork developed the scientific protocol, procured stool collection and laboratory analysis materials, trained survey field staff, and conducted laboratory analysis.

Situation analysis of salt iodization and iodine status in Angola

Project Completed

 
The Iodine Global Network aims to improve the iodine status of individuals by supporting national programs with consistent programmatic guidance. When data is lacking, IGN compiles the data required to design and evaluate iodine programs. In collaboration, the Iodine Global Network and GroundWork conducted a situation analysis of salt iodization and iodine deficiency disorders in Angola. The situation analysis documents all information related to Angola’s salt market and national salt iodization program and contains all evidence from Angola on iodine deficiency disorders. In addition, the situation analysis identifies the information gaps and makes research and programmatic recommendations for iodine stakeholders in Angola.

Affordable Nutritious Foods for Women project – Ghana evaluation

Project Completed

 
Supported by the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), the Affordable Nutritious Foods for Women (ANF4W) project in Ghana aimed to increase the supply and demand for nutritious foods targeted at pregnant women and non-pregnant young women (15-24 years). As part of the project, locally-based food companies were incentivized to produce, distribute, and market food products that are adequately fortified and designed to meet the nutritional needs of these target groups. To assess the project’s coverage and performance, GroundWork (in collaboration with the University of Ghana – Legon) was been contracted by CIFF to implement two coverage surveys (baseline & endline). This evaluation examined the marketing and distribution of the selected fortified foods, and measured the purchase and consumption of these products. Please click here to view a video presenting the results of the evaluation.

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