The Nutrition Assessment Counseling and Support Capacity Building (NACSCAP) project strengthens the capacity of the Government of South Africa and NACSCAP implementing partners to deliver a comprehensive set of interventions to improve the nutritional status of vulnerable South Africans. Using nutrition assessment, counseling and support (NACS) as a standard of care approach, the project creates an integrated, self-sustainable care system that targets pregnant and lactating women, children under 2, orphans and vulnerable children older than 2 with evidence of malnutrition, and people living with HIV who are in care and treatment programs. The project will ensure that nutrition interventions are integrated into existing service provision at facility and community levels.
NACSCAP aims to:
- Assist government workers in implementing NACS as a standard of care approach by creating awareness of relevant nutrition policies and guidelines
- Provide doctors, nurses and the Government of South Africa with NACS knowledge and skills
- Facilitate the exploration of interventions that promote optimal nutrition for target populations
- Build the capacity of doctors, nurses and the Government of South Africa to reduce malnutrition in target populations through a multisectoral approach
NACSCAP, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, builds on FHI 360’s CAP South Africa Program, which integrated prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, maternal health, and infant and young child feeding into existing health facility and community services.