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Strengthening Human Resources for Nutrition

Despite the fact that there is global consensus on actions essential to address undernutrition, in many countries, the workforce needed to promote those actions is insufficient. SPRING works to strengthen human resources for nutrition with the ultimate goal of increasing the number of formally-trained professional and frontline workers in nutrition, as prioritized by USAID’s Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy 2014-15.

To do this, we—

  • help build consensus on the human resource competencies needed to implement nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive activities that can reduce undernutrition
  • develop tools for mapping the nutrition workforce within the health sector
  • create innovative training packages for the on-site training of health workers in nutrition practices
  • promote multisectoral “systems thinking” for the development of a nutrition workforce that is capable of acting and delivering services across health, agriculture, and other social sectors. 

For example, the Nutrition Workforce Mapping Toolkit helps countries understand which nutrition-specific actions are performed by health workers at different levels with the health care service-delivery system. Field tested in Haiti, the toolkit includes a user’s guide, data collection forms, data entry forms, and illustrative tables for reporting findings.

Future work in strengthening human resources for nutrition may include adapting the toolkit to map nutrition-sensitive activities undertaken by the workforce in other sectors.


SPRING's two nutrition trainees in the community
November 2014
Translating academic learning into practice is a challenge. So SPRING/Uganda created a “Nutrition Trainee” (internship) program that combines class and field work, helping students develop the knowledge and skills needed to produce meaningful results...
SPRING organized field visits to a health facility and a community where participants received hands-on experience forming support groups and conducting group counseling
June 2014
SPRING/Nigeria is implementing a training cascade of the national Community Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) Training Package, which focuses on three levels of expertise and ends with the formation of community support groups. The second trainin...
SPRING/Haiti Builds Health Worker Capacity Using On-the-Job Training Approach
July 2013
On June 24-28, 2013, 22 health workers from six hospitals convened in Petit Goave, Haiti for a training of trainers (TOT) led by SPRING/Haiti and the Ministère de la Santé Publique et de la Population (MSPP). The training was on a new infant and youn...