Worldwide—Maximising the Quality of Scaling Up Nutrition (MQSUN, MQSUN+) Framework

Client: U.K. Department for International Development

Duration: 2012-2022

Region: Worldwide


Solutions: Global Health

DAI Global Health is part of a consortium led by PATH that works to increase coverage of effective multi-sectoral programmes to reduce undernutrition in countries that have signed on to the Scaling Up Nutrition, or SUN, movement.

MQSUN+ is a five-year programme that provides multi-disciplinary, highly qualified expert teams, including nutritionists, economists, statisticians, social economists, and other specialists in key areas such as public health; agriculture and food security; law; social protection, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); education; governance; and gender.

MQSUN+ builds on the successes of the previous MQSUN Framework Agreement of which Health Partners International was a core implementing partner.

Sample Activities

  • Transform, through the MQSUN+ framework, the multi-sectoral response to malnutrition in conflict-affected Karamoja, Uganda. The aim is to shift from a humanitarian response to an approach focused on strengthening the institutions and systems necessary for the Government of Uganda to effectively manage and be accountable for delivering health and relief services, including the multi-sectoral response necessary to address malnutrition.

  • Provide policy and budget cycle management assistance to governments in the SUN Movement and to the SUN Movement Secretariat to catalyse country efforts to scale up nutrition impact.

  • Assist the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID) to maximise the quality and effectiveness of its nutrition-related programmes.

  • Support evidence generation and lesson learning around the global targets to reduce malnutrition.

  • Increase innovation in nutrition programmes.

Select Results

In the first phase of the MQSUN programme, which ran from 2012 to 2016, we:

  • Provided technical support to harmonise nutrition-related indicators, targets, and outcomes across multiple donors and sectors (notably agriculture, education, health, and social protection) in support of plans for scaling up nutrition-related interventions in Kenya.

  • Assessed, evaluated, and peer-reviewed national sectoral documents such as strategic plans and monitoring and evaluation frameworks for nutrition, and established systems for multi-sectoral strategic planning and analysis, costing, financial tracking and budgeting for El Salvador, Ghana, Laos, Nepal, Pakistan, Swaziland, Tajikistan, and Yemen.

  • Reviewed national nutrition policies and plans to support the leveraging of a global resource commitment for nutrition at the G8 Nutrition for Growth event in 2013.

  • Designed the DFID nutrition programme in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.



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