One million children under five die every year in Nigeria, 35% of them due to causes attributed to malnutrition. This makes Nigeria one of the six countries that accounts for half of all child deaths from malnutrition worldwide.
In the north of Nigeria, half of all children under five are stunted, and one in five suffers from acute malnutrition. This has profound implications for health and for human development, and presents a major obstacle to attainment of Millennium Development Goals in the country and globally.
Working to Improve Nutrition in Northern Nigeria (WINNN)
WINNN is a £50 million DFID-funded programme seeking to improve the nutritional status of 6.2 million children under five across five northern Nigerian states: Kebbi, Katsina, Jigawa, Zamfara, and Yobe. The programme delivers a comprehensive package of direct health interventions. It is integrated within existing routine health services such as prenatal and antenatal care, and routine immunisation. It is decentralised to primary care facilities and at the community level to build upon successful routine immunisation and maternal and child health programmes.
The objective of the Operational Research and Impact Evaluation (ORIE) project is to determine the impact of WINNN and to generate important research on key evidence gaps on solutions to undernutrition in northern Nigeria as a result of programme implementation. ORIE is designed to ensure that WINNN both draws on, and feeds into, cutting edge knowledge on overcoming undernutrition.
IDS is a member of the ORIE and leads the consortium’s evidence dissemination and uptake workstream. Consortium partners are Oxford Policy Management, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Save the Children UK, and a number of Nigerian partners. ORIE commences operation in autumn 2012.
For further information about ORIE, please email Tom Barker. [email protected]