Prevention of FSO maternal malnutrition

Reduce the incidence of small-weight babies by 50% in 3 years of implantation

Nutrition Without Borders

NSF addresses the root of food insecurity by addressing its root causes, i.e. by implementing sustainable prevention measures. Because food security is a major determinant of the Human Development Index, NSF works with vulnerable individuals, mainly mothers and children, for whom food is a hindrance to physical, psychological, social or economic development.

The project

Nutrition Without Borders’ FSO project is an adaptation of Quebec’s OLO program to the Benin context. In line with the 1000-day target and the strength of the Quebec experience, NSF will implement the program in 5 different remote regions to provide adequate nutritional support for 100 mothers and their newborns. This support will include individualized and small group nutritional interventions from 12 weeks of pregnancy to 6 months of infant age, workshops to support interdisciplinary and local breastfeeding, and provide food to prevent 80% of the deficiencies of vulnerable mothers (e.g. Fruit, soy, egg). It will also provide a framework that values qualified nutritionists, pivotal players in the OLO’s environmental approach, and will document the benefits of this innovative approach to replicate it across the country and in other emerging countries.

Impacts

For mothers

Mothers are the primary beneficiaries of the program, but children are the ultimate beneficiaries. There is no prevention-oriented nutritional intervention for mothers in West Africa. The FSO project will be a model for teaching vulnerable communities to deal with malnutrition once and for all, through prevention.

For the community

The FSO project supports mothers in the community and supports them in finding solutions to self-sufficiency. By partnering with trusted organizations on the ground to support mothers’ entrepreneurship, the project has lasting impacts. It completely reinvents intervention strategies, focusing on prevention, and building the capacity of women’s organizations in the community.

Long-term benefits

Infant mortality is still 1 in 2 children before the age of 1 year in several emerging countries, including Benin. By supporting mothers during pregnancy, here in Quebec, we have been able to reduce infant mortality by 50% within three years of the implementation of the OLO program. It is very likely that in countries where malnutrition reaches one in three children, the benefits will be even more dramatic. It’s all about education and capacity building.

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