Suaahara, which means “good nutrition” in Nepali, is also the name of an innovative project taking place in the foothills of Nepal. Suaahara is one of the largest single-country nutrition programs in the developing world, and works across development sectors, including agriculture, education, hygiene, sanitation and health.
One of the program’s pillars is homestead food production, such as raising livestock, crop storage, and diversified diets. Model farmers, like Ishwori Acharya, teach other women farming techniques and nutrition. Education for mothers is a similarly important component. Clinics visits for pregnant mothers at the local health post prepare mothers for delivery and to care for their infants. A radio call-program called “Mother Knows Best” reaches 300,000 mothers of children under two years. These efforts help mothers ensure that their children receive proper nutrition during the crucial 1,000 days period.
Suaahara is a program of USAID and the government of Nepal. Partners include Save the Children, Helen Keller International, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communications Programs, and local grassroots groups in Nepal.Roger’s international reporting is supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting