Olha Orathene - malnutrition prevention in Mozambique

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Olha Orathene - malnutrition prevention in Mozambique

Mogovolas, MozambiqueLisboa, Portugal
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nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
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Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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In a context strongly affected by poverty and high levels of malnutrition, by boosting agricultural production and encouraging food diversification, we will simultaneously invest on training for people to manufacture a nutritional supplement based on local resources to prevene nutrition problems.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Nampula province in Mozambique has one of the highest rates of chronic malnutrition in the country (> 50%), which is due to the existence of a framework of food insecurity and the fact that the diets of the population are monotonous and have strong micronutrient deficiencies. While providing the necessary energy, it lacks fat and protein, as well as micronutrients such as iron.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Our proposal aims to reduce poverty in the communities of Mogovolas, Nampula province, through an intervention to boost local agricultural production, to diversify diets thus preventing malnutrition and allow greater access to factors of production, in particularly for women. The project aims to increase knowledge of women about nutrition and maternal and child health, by conducting awareness and training sessions and reducing the rate of malnutrition among pregnant women and children, by encouraging the consumption of a food supplement consisting of local agricultural products. Additionally by conducting nutritional follow-up analyses with the population we will monitor results and take the appropriate measures to improve it continuosly.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Considering the widespread lack of knowledge of the population in relation to nutritional issues, conducting awareness-raising and training sessions for women and young people about nutrition and maternal and child health may result in a change in eating habits and increase attention on community health care. The production and distribution of a nutritional food supplement composed of local ingredients has the objective of creating more autonomy towards local solutions to local problems and mobilize local resources from community's gardens. With the completion of nutricional follow-up meetings with target groups (pregnant women and children) we will seek to control and monitor the impact of the project and introduce contigency measures.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

It is anticipated a 15% reduction in cases of anemia and malnutrition among pregnant women and children from 0 to 5 and 30% increase in women's access to food and diversification of their diet. The project will raise awareness to change attitudes about the situation of women and especially pregnant women. We believe the project will also have an impact on increasing women's access to resources, including agricultural, and raise their level of education and training, while seeking to improve their general health and their perspectives in relation to motherhood and maternal health care. The project will at the same time encourage improvements in the diet of children (variety and quality of food consumed), to avoid situations of severe or chronic malnutrition, which often exist in Mozambique.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

The methodology used to implement the activities of the project will include a period of time to raise awareness towards malnutrition and incorrect eating habits and at the same time will promote the consumption of a nutritional suplement that the project will start by giving people and as time goes by people will buy. At the same time the production of agricultural goods within the community will allows for extra income for the people.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

The government of Mozambique is strongly working towards the prevention of malnutrition in the country and the project will involve governmental structures and their human resources. At the same time the project will have the possibility of gaining innovations through contact with other similar experiences being carried out in other countries such as Guinea-Bissau and Brazil (also portuguese speaking) and exchanging practices and solutions to problems encountared during the implementation phase.

Founding Story

This project idea derives from an experience that ISU carried out in Guinea-Bissau with a religious mission with wich for 4 years we developed a similar idea and started a small social business that creates local products that prevene malnutrition and continue to contribute to people's diet improvement in terms of the diversification of products consumed and the creation of small community gardens, from which the products are sold allowing for extra income for the people.
About You
Instituto de Solidariedade e Cooperação Universitária (ONGD)
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About Your Organization
Organization Name

Instituto de Solidariedade e Cooperação Universitária (ONGD)

Organization Country

, LI, Lisboa

Country where this project is creating social impact

, NA, Mogovolas

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Nutrients For All
Where do you ensure the availability of nutrients?

Nutrient-rich farming, Full nourishment foods.

If you had greater capacity, which additional sectors would you like your solution to target - either through expansion, partnership, or thought exchange?

Healthy environments, Human wellness and vitality.

How specifically would this added capacity help you improve the quality, efficiency, or sustainability of your existing product or service?

The project will accomplish further impacts if there is an intervention that simultaneously garantees healthy environments in terms of water supply and sanitation and the continous local availability of human resources to help people implement changes in their environment and to have access to health care. These two elements are specially important in what relates to improve human wellness and well-being.