The USAID Initiative for Hygiene, Sanitation and Nutrition (IHSAN) in Afghanistan, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and supported by the Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health, aims to improve the nutritional status of women of reproductive age and children who are less than 5 years old, with a focus on the first 1,000 days (from conception to 24 months of age). The expected outcomes of the IHSAN project are to decrease stunting by at least 5 percent (reduce the current rate by two percentage points) over five years and to reduce anemia among women of reproductive age by at least 10 percent.
The project will achieve the following objectives:
- Improve the delivery of nutrition, hygiene and sanitation services in Afghanistan, with a particular focus on the existing public health system’s basic package of health services
- Strengthen alternative delivery systems, such as civil society organizations, through innovative practices to reach the most vulnerable groups, including the urban poor
- Foster rapid adoption of optimal nutrition, hygiene and sanitation behaviors at the household and community levels
- Increase the availability of nutrition and sanitation products and services