The Multisectoral Nutrition Project (Projet Multisectoriel de Nutrition et de Santé - PMNS) is strengthening nutrition outcomes for at-risk pregnant women and malnourished children in Kasai Province, DRC. With funding from the World Bank and the DRC's Ministry of Public Health, Lutheran World Relief's fellow Corus organization IMA World Health and its consortium of partners are providing nutrition services at the community level, strengthening prenatal consultations as well as revitalized preschool consultations including improved routine micronutrient supplementation, and supervising systemic intensive screening and structured home visits by community health relays. The DRC's Ministry of Health and National Nutrition Program (PRONANUT) are included in all training, monitoring and evaluation, and supervision activities to encourage synergy. Within the project, IMA World Health employs its experience, as well as that of Lutheran World Relief, supporting village savings and loan associations (VSLAs), improved cook stoves, and entrepreneurship and leadership opportunities that promote home gardening and income-generating activities for women. IMA World Health's consortium of partners for the PMNS project includes the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), SANRU, Programme for the Development of Eastern Kasai (PRODEK), and the Congo Leadership Initiative (CLI).
To date, the project has reached 408,068 children aged 0-59 months with preschool consultations and screened 26,473 children for acute malnutrition. In the first quarter of the project (August–Sept 2023), 257,125 children aged 0-23 months received a preschool consultation, 26,473 children 6-59 months were actively screened for acute malnutrition, 787,624 home visits were made by community relays to follow up with families of children screened for/diagnosed with malnutrition, and 2,986 cooking demonstration sessions were held in communities.