Peace Corps - Nutrition

Welcome to the Peace Corps Nutrition Toolkit, your one-stop source for reliable and relevant information about maternal and child nutrition.

According to the data, malnutrition contributes to at least half of all childhood deaths. Surprisingly enough, about 80% of malnutrition-related deaths occur in children with only mild to moderate malnutrition. Thus, from a child health programming point of view, good nutrition is critical. Good nutrition helps children to better resist infections, as well as being necessary for adequate growth and cognitive development. 

We welcome and encourage utilization of the toolkit by Peace Corps Volunteers and staff globally. We hope that this set of selected resources will help you to help your community to plan for, operate, and maintain the best solutions for their nutritional needs.  For resources published by Peace Corps and other health organizations, look within the thematically-grouped sections on the right side of the page.

HIV/AIDS & Nutrition

Providing nutritional care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS is an important part of caring at all stages of the disease. HIV infection is characterized by progressive destruction of the immune system, leading to recurrent opportunistic infections and malignancies. Malnutrition is one of the major complications of HIV infection and a significant factor in advanced disease.  

Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)

Infant and Young Child Nutrition is the foundation to a child's healthy development--both physically and cognitively. Breastfeeding and complementary feeding are among the most important interventions to promote child health and development. Peace Corps Volunteers, globally, work on essential nutrition actions critical to promoting sound nutrition and prevention malnutrition.

Maternal Nutrition

Maternal malnutrition remains a key public health challenge that merits particular attention in the context of safe motherhood. The principal nutritional challenges are insufficient energy and protein consumption, iodine deficiencies, anemia due to iron deficiency and vitamin A deficiency. Maternal malnutrition can lead to low birth weights for infants, as well as micronutrient deficiencies.

Positive Deviance Hearth Nutrition

Positive Deviance/Hearth Nutrition Program is a home-based and neighborhood-based nutrition program for children who are at risk for protein-energy malnutrition in developing countries. The program uses the “positive deviance” approach to identify those behaviors practiced by the mothers or caretakers of well-nourished children from poor families and to transfer such positive practices to others in the community with malnourished children. The “Hearth” or home is the location for the nutrition education and rehabilitation sessions.


Monitoring and evaluation tools

We also invite you to contribute by suggesting resources to include and posting your comments through the feedback form.

Toolkit last updated: January 20, 2015