Nutrition and Health Program Plus (NHPplus) is designed to increase access to and demand for quality nutrition services, to improve food and nutrition security, and to provide commodity management support. NHPplus will buy and distribute fortified blended foods and ready-to-use therapeutic foods to address severe acute malnutrition. Funding for this project is provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development.
NHPplus uses a service model with three components.
- Nutrition Assessment Counseling and Support (NACS) at the national level. This component includes providing technical assistance for NACS activities, as well as fortified, blended and ready-to-use therapeutic foods for people living with HIV or AIDS, individuals with tuberculosis, and orphans and vulnerable children. NHPplus will also strengthen the skills and knowledge of health care workers in nutrition and commodity management at all levels.
- Maternal and newborn child health programs at the country level. This component includes a comprehensive scale-up of high-impact nutrition interventions and social and behavior change, as well as support for the implementation of integrated and community-based management of acute malnutrition at community and facility levels, an approach that enables community volunteers to identify and initiate treatment for children with acute malnutrition before they become seriously ill.
- Strengthening nutrition in Feed the Future priority regions. This component includes providing technical assistance for food fortification and increased household production and consumption of nutritious foods, as well as social behavior change communication in dietary adequacy and diversity. Additionally, NHPplus will help to link vulnerable communities with resilience-focused activities to support a value chain approach to the production and processing of quality, safe nutritious foods.