The 1000 Days SCT Nutrition pilot is a cash (+) plus nutrition initiative targeted at making the Social Cash Transfer (SCT) programme more sensitive to the nutrition needs of women and children.
The pilot aims to contribute to poverty reduction targeting households with children under 24 months, adolescent girls, pregnant and breastfeeding women/adolescent girls. By using the SCT as an entry point, the pilot aims to build a case to advocate for inclusion of the first 1000 days of life targeting criteria as an additional category on the main Social Cash Transfer (SCT) targeting criteria.
The pilot is led by the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ), through the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services (MCDSS), in collaboration with Ministry of Health MOH), and the National Food and Nutrition Commission (NFNC) with technical support from UNICEF.
Objective of the Pilot
To improve the nutrition outcomes (diversity, diets and nutrition choices) of children up to 24 months by providing a cash plus component and nutrition counseling services at the community level and health facilities.
The 1000 days SCT Nutrition is being piloted in four districts; Chipata, Kalabo, Mpika and Mwinilunga.