Development of methods to measure the coverage of biofortified foods – Rwanda pilot study

Project Ongoing

 
In collaboration with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Sagaci Research, and the University of Rwanda, GroundWork is developing and testing methods for assessing the coverage and intake of biofortified foods. This includes development of data collection tools for market vendor interview, focus group discussions, and household-based interviews. These tools have been tested and refined in Rwanda’s Musanze district where both high-iron beans and orange-fleshed sweet potatoes have been marketed. With input from GAIN, HarvestPlus, and the International Potato Center (CIP), GroundWork is leading the development of the tools, management of the field work, data analysis, and reporting.

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.

Micronutrient Survey in Somaliland, Puntland, and Central-South Somalia (SMS 2019)

Project Ongoing

 
In collaboration with the Brandpro Research, UNICEF, and government partners, GroundWork is conducting the a Micronutrient Survey in Somaliland, Puntland, and Central-South Somalia (SMS 2019). The survey is being implemented in all states Somalia and includes households and individuals from urban and rural areas, and settlements of internally-displaced persons. The survey is funded by UNICEF and is supported by the Ministries of Health and Ministries of Planning in Somaliland, Puntland, and the Federal Government of Somalia. With guidance from the Ministries of Health, GroundWork and Brandpro are leading the design and planning of the survey, organizing for field and laboratory logistics, data 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 Completed

 
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.