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Suaahara II five-year (2016-2021) funded by USAID Nepal Integrated Nutrition Program aims to improve the nutritional status of women, disadvantaged groups and children in 389 municipalities of 42 districts of Nepal through a multi-sector partnership with the Government of Nepal (GoN) at all levels, relevant UN agencies, private sectors and other USAID -funded initiatives. Helen Keller International (HKI) serves as the prime and lead organization for SII and partners with six consortium organizations to implement the program (CARE, FHI360, Digital Broadcast Initiative Equal Access (DBI EA), Environment and Public Health Organization (ENPHO), Nepali Technical Assistance Group (NTAG), Vijaya Development Resource Center (VDRC)).

This is a community-focused project dedicated to improving the health and nutrition status of women and children who fall within the 1,000 days period, from conception until a child reaches 24 months of age. This period is recognized as the crucial timeframe during which nutritional interventions have optimal impact on child growth and development. In selected districts, Suaahara II will support the Government of Nepal (GON) in expanding health and nutrition services that target adolescents. In particular, the project will address anaemia, reproductive health, menstrual hygiene, food diversity, social attitudes towards delayed marriage and pregnancy, and health service utilization through Social Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) in 42 districts of Nepal.


Promote key Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN) practices through interpersonal communication activities, radio programs, and the use of mobile technology at the community level.

Strengthen growth monitoring and promotion at outreach clinics and health facilities.

 Enhance clean water, sanitation, and hygiene conditions of household facilities and establish private sector linkages to promote WASH technologies.

Improve consumption of nutritious food through increased production, improved post-harvest storage, and processing diverse nutritious food, especially for women farmers from disadvantaged groups.

Strengthen coordination on health and nutrition between government and other stakeholders through the Food Security and Nutrition Coordination Committee, Nepal Nutrition Group, Nutrition Technical Committee, Safe Motherhood sub- committee, Family Planning Sub -committee, and Reproductive Health Coordination Committee.

Strengthen the technical, managerial, operational capacity of health and non-health sector stakeholders at the district and M/RM levels to enhance MSNP implementation.


Key Outcomes


  • Improved household nutrition and health behaviors
  • Increase use of quality nutrition and health services by women and children
  • Improved  use of diverse and nutrient rich-food by women and children
  • Accelerated roll out MSNP through strengthened local governance


Integrated Rural Development Society (IRDS) as a Local Partner of SUAAHARA PROGRAM


IRDS is an PNGO of SUAAHARA PROGRAM for Gulmi district since April, 2015. IRDS is actively doing the activities in close coordination with district level and municipality level stakeholders for the effectiveness of SUAAHARA Program. Being an experienced organization for SUAAHARA Program as well as an organization devoted towards organizational development. SUAAHARA Program is effectively functioning in all the local levels of Gulmi district to improve the nutritional status of pregnant women, lactating women and under 2 years children through social behavior communication change.