Journal article

Gaps in the Implementation and Uptake of Maternal Nutrition Interventions in Antenatal Care Services in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and India (Sanghvi T., 2021. Maternal & Child Nutrition)

07 Dec 21
Topic(s): Maternal Nutrition
Location: Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, India
Language(s): English
Audience: Policy makers and legislators, Program designers and implementers
Organization: Alive & Thrive
Programs: Policy advocacy

This paper demonstrates that maternal nutrition intervention (MNI) coverage was consistently lower than antenatal care (ANC) coverage in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, and India, despite ANC being the largest global platform to deliver MNI. Examination of the incorporation of MNI into national policies and programs, and the nutrition content of ANC protocols against global recommendations reveal barriers, missed opportunities, and gaps in coverage and quality of maternal nutrition services. Authors recommend specificity in ANC national protocols for micronutrient supplements, weight gain monitoring, counseling on diets, and counseling in breastfeeding, and guidance on accountability for delivering services, as well as further explore health system gaps, barriers, and enabling factors to MNI delivery.