Resilience & Nutrition Security
Every child deserves the opportunity to grow into a healthy adult and lead a productive life. However, the stark reality is that millions of children miss out on their potential because their bodies do not receive or absorb the nutrients they need in early life. Undernutrition leads to impaired cognitive capacity and increased vulnerability to disease, causing children to not perform to their potential at school and earn less in adulthood. Yet it is preventable. Access to nutritious food, healthy maternal and childcare practices, disease-free environments and engaging both men and women to take action are primary determinants for improved nutrition.
Women and children are also often the most affected when disasters strike, as they are with increasing frequency. Many of the communities that People in Need works with face a range of natural hazards such as floods, earthquakes, droughts and other extreme weather events, made more severe through the effects of climate change and urbanisation. However, loss of lives and assets can be reduced through: resilience building, integrating a range of approaches to disaster risk management, dependable basic services, and secure livelihoods that can cope with shock and stresses.
We use multi-sectoral programming (with approaches such as Integrated Programming for Improved Nutrition - IPIN) to prevent and treat undernutrition and build the resilience of communities. We strengthen the capacities of local actors and support synergies with expertise across the WASH, Health and Nutrition, Gender, Governance, Food Security and Livelihoods sectors. PIN’s evidence-based nutrition security and resilience programming uses in-depth contextual analysis, formative research and effective behavioural change communication strategies to make a real difference in the countries where we work. We also use what we learn from these programmes to drive advocacy for impact at both national and global levels.