CARE Canada announces $1.1M program extension supported by Global Affairs Canada

In partnership with Global Affairs Canada, the Southern African Nutrition Initiative will be extended as part of Canada’s ongoing humanitarian efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

OTTAWA, 3 JULY 2020 – Today, with the support of the Government of Canada, CARE Canada announced a six-month extension of its Southern African Nutrition Initiative (SANI) project as part of Canada’s ongoing humanitarian efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia.

CARE’s SANI is designed to give women, families, and health providers the tools they need to end malnutrition in children under five and in pregnant and nursing women. Because of widespread malnutrition, Malawi, Zambia, and Mozambique continue to have some of the highest child mortality rates in the world.

"SANI works through an incredible network of Community Volunteers who are delivering life-saving information within their communities. This is information that would not otherwise be accessible given how rural and isolated these communities are," said CARE Canada’s Vice President of International Programs, Jessie Thomson.

"CARE recognizes the gendered nature of COVID-19, and the additional risks and burdens women and girls face. Through SANI and our other programming, we are ensuring that we target our public health outreach to reach women and girls."

Having established the infrastructure and community support needed for an effective community outreach campaign, the SANI project and team is well-placed to pivot and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In coordination with the Ministry of Health within each country, CARE is ensuring accurate information is shared on COVID-19 transmission and safe prevention practices and helping to support local health facilities with the resources they need to respond to and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

CARE will focus on improving the capacity of health centres and personnel to respond to COVID-19, building community knowledge and resilience, and continuing to strengthen the food security and nutritional status of target communities.

"Continued water, sanitation, and hygiene programming remain key to helping protect communities from the spread of COVID-19," said Thomson.

SANI was launched in March 2016 and is being delivered in partnership between CARE Canada, Cuso International, the Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD), McGill University, and the governments of implementing countries. The project is supported by the Government of Canada and CARE.


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Founded in 1945 with the creation of the CARE Package®, CARE develops solutions alongside women and girls in developing countries to lift themselves, their families, and their communities out of poverty and out of crisis. CARE stands with women and girls around the world in economic empowerment. We bring women, girls, and their communities together to challenge inequality while facing issues like food insecurity, climate change, and emergency relief in times of crisis or disaster. CARE works in 100 countries around the world.

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