US grants 9m birr for nutrition


Save the Children announced a new Grants-under-Grant program in which the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Growth Through Nutrition Project will provide more than nine million Ethiopian birr (more than USD 300,000) to three woredas in support of the Government of Ethiopia’s Seqota Declaration to end child under-nutrition by 2030. Over the next year, the grants will support Debark and Ebinat woredas in Amhara regional state, and Nader Adet woreda in Tigray, by strengthening the woreda authorities’ capacity to deliver locally appropriate nutrition interventions.
Senior representatives of the National Nutrition Program implementing ministries, CEO of Save the Children USA, Save the Children in Ethiopia’s Country Director, and USAID’s acting Deputy Mission Director participated in the event, which highlighted the achievements of the Growth through Nutrition project over the past two years and marked the official rollout of the first grants to the three woredas. The event also emphasized the Growth through Nutrition project’s innovative approaches and multi-sectoral, integrated nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions to reduce stunting.
The Growth through Nutrition project is USAID’s flagship five-year (2016-2021), multi-sectoral nutrition and WASH project, implemented by Save the Children. Currently at its mid-point, it has reached more than 2.2 million children under the age of 5 and 375,000 pregnant women with quality nutrition services. Growth through Nutrition is working to improve the nutritional status of women and young children in four regions of Ethiopia – Amhara, Oromia, SNNP, and Tigray – with a focus on enhancing nutrition during the first 1,000 days of children’s lives, from conception to age two. The project is implemented in collaboration with the Government of Ethiopia and a consortium of six international and five local partners.