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SPRING/Guinea

Map of Guinea SPRING began working in Guinea in September 2015, as part of the broader effort within the region to spur recovery from the Ebola crisis of 2014-2015. An initial assessment found that the food security and nutrition situation had significant challenges even before the crisis, and that health and agricultural services had been badly disrupted. SPRING helped to contribute to improving dietary diversity among households with pregnant and lactating women and children under the age of two in Faranah prefecture, the program’s targeted area. SPRING supported the overarching Feed the Future objectives of improving nutritional status, leveraging agricultural productivity, and improving income generation.

SPRING/Guinea focused interventions on developing and testing approaches to promote nutrition-specific behaviors and nutrition-sensitive agriculture practices, sharing lessons learned, and encouraging cross-sectoral collaboration. A number of social and behavior change communication (SBCC) approaches focused efforts on key behaviors such as improving dietary diversity; maternal, infant, and young child nutrition (MIYCN); and improved hygiene, with a special focus on the “thousand day households” - those with pregnant women and children under two years of age. Results from SPRING/Guinea’s activities helped to inform future, longer-term programs, such as the SMARTE project, led by Winrock International.

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Young girls at market
December 2015
SPRING recently conducted a nutrition assessment in Guinea to contribute to post Ebola virus disease (EVD) response efforts. Before the Ebola outbreak, Guinea faced chronically high levels of undernutrition and food insecurity. About 26 percent of ch...
Seasonal calendar exercise during the nutrition-sensitive agriculture training
June 2016
SPRING’s Food Security and Nutrition Director, Heather Danton, and SBCC Advisor, Phil Moses, traveled to Guinea in April to facilitate a week-long participatory workshop with partners from Winrock, Institut Superieur Agronomique et Vétérinaire (ISAV)...
The participants learned how to observe breastfeeding and help lactating mothers learn correct positioning and attachment.
December 2013
Nutrition is a key focus area for Peace Corps/Guinea’s Feed the Future program, making a collaboration between Peace Corps/Guinea and SPRING a natural fit. SPRING provided support to implement and monitor nutrition and nutrition-sensitive interventio...