Design review of the Bangladesh MIYCN programme

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Client GAIN
Dates 2013
Sector(s)Global Health
Service(s)Policy & Economics, Review & Evaluation
The Bangladesh Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN) Phase II Programme is part of GAIN’s Multinutrient Supplements Initiative (MSI), and aims to reach 4 million childrenand reduce the prevalence of iron deficiency anaemia by at least 10% amongst children 6-59 months of age over a five-year period.

Following the implementation of the MIYCN Phase I Programme between 2010 and 2013, CEPA was commissioned by GAIN to review the design of the Phase II programme to ensure that the lessons learned from Phase I had been incorporated, and the proposed strategies, plans, budgets and timelines were appropriate and realistic to achieve the intended objectives. Phase II of the programme has three key components: (a) building an enabling policy and supportive stakeholder environment for home fortification and Multi-Nutrient Powder (MNP) use at scale; (b) expanding delivery channels for improved mass coverage; and (c) creating demand to foster improved MNP uptake and effective usage as part of optimal MIYCN.

The review was conducted through a field visit to Bangladesh to meet with proposed implementing partners and key stakeholders, and a literature review of the programme design documentation and broader health and nutrition policy landscape in Bangladesh.