Started in late 2009, REACH Bangladesh focuses on district-level as a starting point to demonstrate how multisectoral coordination mechanisms can add value to scaling up nutrition in the country.
This approach was agreed by the Government of Bangladesh because of the scale of nutrition issues, population size and density and the complexity of stakeholders in the country. The Satkhira District in the South and the Gaibanda District in the North of the country were selected to be the startup for this approach before being adapted to other districts.
- In 2010, REACH Bangladesh produced an overview of the institutional governance of nutrition and identified gaps in nutrition-related intervention coverage, as a result of a participatory nutrition situation analysis of the country conducted in collaboration with key stakeholders. Coverage maps, stakeholder profiles and analysis were disseminated at a national event to policy-makers, donor agencies, government and civil society organisations.
- REACH and SUN Movement partners actively participated in the development of the Health, Population and Nutrition Sector Development Plan and the Food Security Country Investment Plan for 2011-2016.
- REACH contributed to drafting of key government policies and documents, particularly the Country Investment Plan - A road map towards investment in agriculture, food security and nutrition (2011), and influenced the inclusion of nutrition in the draft work plan of the Parliamentary Committee on Women and Children's Affairs.
- REACH and the World Bank jointly developed an innovative simulation model, the Multi-Sectoral Simulation Tool, which helps prioritise nutrition interventions by packaging and costing the best options for reducing stunting and acute malnutrition in a given district. The tool was piloted in Satkhira District; lessons learned will be disseminated at various fora.
- In 2011, REACH conducted a baseline survey in the Satkhira District, with UNICEF as the leading agency and Boston Consulting Group and Helen Keller International as implementing partners. A stakeholder mapping analysis was completed, and results disseminated at both national and sub-national levels.
- REACH has been active in the analysis of the political and institutional determinants of nutrition in the country, including contribution to a review by the World Bank and SAFANSI (South Asia Food and Nutrition Security Initiative).
- REACH also supports building engagement with the private sector for scaling up nutrition in Bangladesh through contributions to Project Laser Beam, a WFP-led public-private partnership initiative to eradicate child malnutrition.