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Adolescent Nutrition in West Africa – Evidence Note

Adolescent nutrition in West Africa is the focus of our latest Evidence Note. We have mapped research in this area to shed light on the trends in research and identify gaps in knowledge. Adolescents have often been overlooked in nutrition policy and programming. However, there is growing momentum to target this group through the Global…

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Guidance for Improving Nutrition-Relevant Policy Development in West Africa: Evidence Note

To address and prevent malnutrition, institutions and governments are encouraged to implement multisectoral approaches. Against the backdrop of a mounting burden of overweight and obesity and a persistent burden of undernutrition, addressing causes of malnutrition with integrated approaches that create and sustain synergistic, mutually reinforcing policy mechanisms is crucial for amplifying progress. Through a desk…

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West Africa’s Data Story The Availability of Actionable Nutrition Data: Evidence Note

In order to improve nutrition, countries must have access to nutrition indicators that allow them to effectively track progress, set priorities, inform policy and program decisions, and guide implementation and monitoring. To identify gaps and opportunities in national data systems, we assessed the availability of data for key country-level nutrition indicators. Results are presented in…

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Evidence Mapping of Wasting Programs and Their Impact Along the Continuum of Care in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Rapid Review of the Research Evidence: Evidence Note

To guide future programming decisions and guidelines to address wasting, TNWA performed a rapid review of both the quantity and effectiveness of existing interventions and programs to address wasting. An evidence note summarizes the findings on what works and identifies research gaps along the continuum of care for wasting. Key messages Although research has been…

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Spatial Patterns of Multiple Malnutrition Types in West Africa: Four Country Case Studies: Evidence Note

An important knowledge gap was filled through analysis of the spatial dynamics of various multiple malnutrition burdens among children under five years and women of reproductive age in TNWA focal countries — Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Ghana, and Senegal. Outputs include a slide deck and an evidence note presenting the methodology and summarizing the findings. Key…

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Effectiveness and Implementation Analysis of Interventions to Improve Exclusive and Early Initiation of Breastfeeding in West Africa: Evidence Note

Stakeholders specifically identified the need for contextualization and evidence on implementation of interventions to promote breastfeeding. TNWA assessed the highest quality evidence available on interventions to promote early initiation of breastfeeding and/or exclusive breastfeeding within the West African context, and identified the implementation approaches that contribute most to intervention success so that these can be…

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The Dynamics of Nutrition Research in West Africa: Tracking the Evidence: Evidence Note

This note is intended for use by the research community and by wider audiences including decisionmakers such as program designer/coordinators, and policymakers. Findings revealed that the research dynamics for nutrition are unevenly distributed across West African countries, with the most evidence on nutrition being available to Anglophone countries. Though the included publications are of high…

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Analysis of nutrition research networks in West Africa

Application of social network analysis to co-authorship data to understand and enhance collaboration Despite limited progress to date, we now see a growing political commitment to addressing the high rates of maternal and child undernutrition in West Africa. Such commitment needs to be effectively translated into appropriate policy choices and effective program action in order…