Enhancing Nutrition Services to Improve Maternal and Child Health (ENRICH) Project Maternity Leave Replacement (From 01 November 2018 to 17 May 2019).
Background: Nutrition International (NI), formerly the Micronutrient Initiative, is a Canadian-based international non-governmental organization dedicated to improving the health and nutrition of the world’s most vulnerable; especially women and children. NI is part of a consortium of NGOs implementing the Enhancing NutritionServices to Improve Maternal and Child Health (ENRICH) project.
The ENRICH project is funded by Global Affairs Canada and World Vision Canada, targeting five countries in Africa (Kenya and Tanzania) and Asia (Bangladesh, Pakistan and Myanmar). The consortium is led by World Vision and also includes Harvest Plus, the University of Toronto and Canadian Society for International Health.
The ENRICH project takes a comprehensive approach to improve the delivery of essential nutrition services that targets the first 1000 days of life, including health systems strengthening, promotion of the consumption and production of nutrient-rich and fortified foods, micronutrient supplementation, infant and young child feeding (IYCF), hygiene promotion, and maternal nutrition.
The project is expected to increase the access to basic nutrition and health services of a total of 2.09 million people – 800,000 women and 740,000 children.
In Kenya, the ENRICH project is implemented in Elgeyo Marakwet and is expected to directly benefit 288,209 people, of which 80 per cent are children under the age two years and pregnant and lactating women.
The key NI areas of interventions are as follows: