"Because of NIPN, we created here in Alabama the Alabama Child Health Improvement Alliance (ACHIA).
Prior to NIPN being involved, Alabama had been very active in bringing quality improvement work to pediatricians in the state, but we had sort of hit a wall of where we could go through one of the main organizations--the Alabama chapter of the AAP."
NIPN's guidance helped ACHIA bring together all the key stakeholders around improving children's health: Children's Hospital of Alabama, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield (one of the largest payers in the state), and the Alabama Department of Public Health.
Child health issues addressed by NIPN projects Medical home 15% MentaVbehavioral health 10% Immunizations 9% Developmental screening 8% Preventive services 8% Obesity 8% Asthma 7% Autism screening 5% CSHCN (*) 4% Other 26% (*) Children with special health care needs Note: There are 93 projects in 13 states.
Caption: Status of NIPN's Improvement Partnership states
Child health issues addressed by NIPN projects Medical home 15% Mental/behavioral health 10% Immunizations 9% Developmental screening 8% Preventive services 8% Obesity 8% Asthma 7% Autism screening 5% CSHCN * 4% Other 26% * Children with special health care needs Note: There are 93 projects in 13 states.
The NIPN project aims to establish a sustainable system and has three expected outcomes: to develop the capacity of EPHI, sectoral ministries and partners to operate and maintain the NIPN; to track progress in meeting objectives of NNP and monitor nutrition investments; and to ensure better understanding and use of evidence by the National Nutrition Coordinating Body (NNCB) and sectoral decision makers in nutrition for strategic and programmatic decision making.
To achieve this, the NIPN will maximize the analysis and interpretation of existing information and data on nutrition to improve understanding of the factors that influence it, both nationally and locally; identify gaps in information that need to be filled and problems with the consistency and quality of data; build plausible arguments about the effectiveness of interventions, programmes, approaches and investments to prevent malnutrition; contribute to monitoring national and sub-national progress in preventing malnutrition; and help strengthen accountability of governments and donors to meet their commitments.
In Ethiopia, NIPN is administratively housed in EPHI, but will work with all the National Nutrition Programme (NNP) stakeholders.
Ethiopia will benefit from global linkages with at least ten countries which are also part of the NIPN initiative including Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kenya, Laos, Niger, Uganda and Zambia.