Strong evidence shows that preventive small-quantity lipid-based nutrient supplements (SQ-LNS) improve survival, growth, and development of children 6-24 months of age. There is a small but growing evidence that SQ-LNS given to women during pregnancy improves birth outcomes. However, despite evidence for effectiveness, very little is known about the implementation experiences in programming this product. To help fill this gap, USAID Advancing Nutrition undertook two activities with USAID’s International Food Relief Partnership funded SQ-LNS programs.
In this webinar attendees heard about a virtual program mapping and gap analysis, and a learning activity conducted in partnership with SQ-LNS programs in Honduras, Niger and Somalia. Speakers presented findings, lessons learned, and materials the project developed to support SQ-LNS programming including a brief on program guidance and communication, and generic job aids for program staff. This webinar was available in Spanish, French, and English.
- Kavita Sethuraman is the Technical Director for the Nutrition in Humanitarian Contexts team of USAID Advancing Nutrition project. Kavita has more than 20 years of experience working on maternal and child health and nutrition, food security, and gender in community‐based nutrition programs, policy‐level analysis, program design and management, technical assistance, nutrition advocacy and capacity building in sub‐Saharan Africa, Asia and the South Pacific.
- Akriti Singh is a Nutrition and Health Systems Advisor with USAID Advancing Nutrition project. In this role she leads/supports activities that promote maternal, adolescent, infant and young child nutrition globally.
- Margaret (Maggie) Holmesheoran is a Nutrition Advisor at USAID's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance. She covers a global portfolio of protracted crises and supports the IFRP team and the Global LNS-SQ Taskforce on a variety of nutrition technical needs.
- Benjamin (Ben) Vogler is USAID BHA Program Manager and AOR for the IFRP program, and is also the BHA Humanitarian Assistance Officer (HAO) for Zambia.