The ASTUTE project, or Mradi wa Mtoto Mwerevu, is a three and half year project (from October 2016 to May 2020) to improve early childhood development and reduce stunting (low height for age) among Tanzanian children under the age of 5, with focus on the first 1,000 days of life starting at conception. ASTUTE is funded by the Government of the United Kingdom through UK Aids as part of its commitment to support reduction in undernutrition. In total, it is implemented by AGH and other organizations in all the districts of five regions in Tanzania (Kagera, Mwanza, Shinyanga, Geita and Kigoma).
This project aim is to support the Government of Tanzania to reduce stunting among children under the age of 5 by at least 7% and low birth weight by at least 3%. This will be achieved through transforming and sustaining good behaviors, building capacity and investing in maternal, infant and young child feeding, early childhood development, hygiene and sanitation, promoting homestead food production and addressing gender imbalances.
We are implementing activities in the Sengerema district (Mwanza) on Social and Behavior Communication (SBCC). We use pre-existing support groups to implement activities for improving behavior and practices.