Brief, Research

Improving Dietary Practices of Adolescent Girls in Ethiopia: Key findings from implementation research

06 Apr 23
Topic(s): Adolescent nutrition
Location: Ethiopia
Language(s): English
Audience: Policy makers and legislators, Program designers and implementers
Programs: Social and behavior change, Strategic use of data
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From 2019 to 2021, Alive & Thrive supported the Government of Ethiopia to develop and implement an adolescent nutrition program to improve dietary practices among adolescent girls. This brief summarizes some of the notable highlights from the implementation research endline findings.

The implementation research (2019-2021) applied the socio-ecological model of social and behavior change (SBC); identified schoolteachers and principals, peers, and parents as most influential persons; and assigned specific roles to them for enabling improved dietary practices among adolescent girls. The package of adolescent nutrition interventions addressed gaps in knowledge, beliefs, and social norms, and empowered adolescent girls to improve their nutrition practices. A&T and stakeholders co-designed and implemented the interventions in the identified contact points, primarily through school systems.