Accelerating Nutrition Improvements (ANI)

Jessica Fanzo

Accelerating Nutrition Improvements (ANI) in Africa was a project implemented by the WHO, Ministries of Health, and country-led programs, and funded by Global Affairs Canada. The project took place between 2013 and 2016 in eleven countries in sub-Saharan Africa: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It focused on increasing nutrition surveillance including health worker capacity, monitoring and evaluation, and data collection and analysis, as well as increasing nutrition awareness in all eleven countries with the ultimate goal of improving nutrition for women and children. ANI also supported the scale-up of evidence-based nutrition interventions in three high-burden countries: Ethiopia, Uganda, and the United Republic of Tanzania. These interventions were focused on stunting, low birth weight, and maternal anemia. At the beginning of the project, a Country Implementation Plan (CIP) was designed for each country, which outlined the data that would be collected and the interventions that would be carried out. At the end of the project, key indicators were compared between baseline and endline to evaluate progress.​ Some key outcomes were that seven countries strengthened their nutrition surveillance, seven included nutrition indicators in their national information systems, seven increased capacity so that over 50 percent of health workers were confident in nutrition surveillance, four tracked three or more nutrition indicators, and eight trained health analysts to collect and analyze data. Overall, the project showed the importance of nutrition surveillance and devoting resources to improving it.

Related Publications:

WHO. ANI Final Report Surveillance 2012-2016. 2017.

WHO. ANI Final Report Scaling Up 2012-2016. 2017.

Fanzo, J., McLaren, R., and Swartz, H. ANI Endline Report. 2017. WHO.