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Improving Maternal, Infant, and Young Child Nutrition and Hygiene through Community Videos in Niger

Children washing hands

SPRING and Digital Green have collaborated to produce a series of videos to encourage better maternal, infant, and young child nutrition (MIYCN) and hygiene practices in Niger. This work builds off of a proof-of-concept conducted in 2013 to encourage better nutrition and hygiene practices in Keonjhar District of Odisha, India, but was adapted for the resilience context of Niger and rolled out in partnership with three USAID projects: the Resilience and Economic Growth in the Sahel – Enhanced Resilience Program (REGIS-ER), Livelihoods, Agriculture and Health Interventions in Action (LAHIA), and Sawki.

Communities in the Maradi region of Niger watch this series of videos that feature their friends, family, and neighbors demonstrating recommended MIYCN and hygiene practices in their households. Through the videos, pregnant and lactating mothers (and other family members) learn simple nutrition and hygiene behaviors that can prevent stunting and reduce maternal and child anemia in the first 1,000 days. Importantly, the videos emphasize barriers and facilitating factors that were identified through discussions with mothers, mothers-in-law, husbands, and adolescents.

All 10 of the community-led videos SPRING/Digital Green’s collaborative work produced in for Niger’s Maradi Region are now available here.

The videos are in Hausa with subtitles in English and French. Turn on subtitles by clicking CC below the video and to the right of that, in Settings, click which language you prefer.