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.
IRDS have been implementing as an PNGO of SUAAHARA PROGRAM in 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.