The Malnutrition Determinants Conceptual Framework has guided OH’s programming design and implementation over the last decades to help understand and address nutrition outcomes through their determinants.
Everyone deserves access to healthy, affordable food and quality nutrition care. This access is hindered by deeper inequities that arise from unjust systems and processes that structure everyday living conditions. The framework acknowledges that nutrition outcomes are influenced by the way that people’s everyday social, psychological/behavioural and material circumstances interact with their wider environments. Understanding this, OH through its program interventions through high-quality and in-depth analysis disentangles these patterns to elucidate barriers/opportunities in order to build measurable solutions that drive long-lasting impactful action to ensure that no one is left behind.
THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FRAMEWORK
It acknowledges the evolving face of malnutrition, which manifests itself as a triple burden: undernutrition, including stunting and wasting; deficiencies in essential vitamins and other micronutrients; and overweight and obesity. These forms of malnutrition, which often coexist, are driven by poor diets and poor care practices and services.
It uses a holistic narrative about what contributes to good nutrition, providing conceptual clarity about the enabling, underlying and immediate determinants of adequate nutrition; their vertical and horizontal interconnectedness; and the positive survival, growth, development, performance and economic outcomes resulting from improved nutrition.
Guides program specific intervention on cost drivers, resources requirement and developmental urgencies.
“My vision is a society where there is always good food on the table available to everyone”
“It is very good to work with the communities and beneficiaries learning how People live out there.”
OH DELIVERY 5-PHASE MODEL RHETORIC
The evolving nature of child malnutrition demands a systems-integrated response: one that delivers diets, services and practices that support good nutrition at every stage of life while sustaining nutrition-responsive development for all children, adolescents, women and men. This response acknowledges the central role of the food system – working together with the health, water and sanitation, education, and social protection systems – to provide nutritious, safe, affordable and sustainable diets for children, adolescents and women while ensuring adequate nutrition services and positive nutrition practices across the life cycle.
Improving child nutrition
requires a multifaceted response
The benefits of a systems approach to malnutrition are two-fold:
• It captures the interactions and interconnections 14 across systems – food, health, water and sanitation, education, and social protection – avoiding the simplistic thinking that malnutrition has straightforward determinants that operate along linear pathways.
• It crystallizes a shared purpose across systems – better diets and better nutrition for children, adolescents and women – recognizing a shared responsibility and the need to mobilize attention and resources from a variety of governmental, public, private and societal actors.
• Achieving nutrition results depends on the capacity of five systems to deliver nutrition-specific interventions at every stage of life while supporting nutrition-responsive development at scale:
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