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AKF strengthens community health systems by providing training, materials and supplies, and community health worker supervision. Through civil society, AKF cascades health and nutrition action at the community level. AKF also facilitates the development of solutions to enhance community case management and strengthen community monitoring and referral mechanisms.
AKF helps reduce the burden of illness at the community level by promoting positive health, hygiene and nutrition behaviours and practices through behaviour change communication and community engagement. Strengthening civil society partnerships enables greater transparency and accountability for both governmental and non-governmental health and nutrition services and programmes.
AKF improves access to and the uptake of facility- and community-based health and nutrition services by addressing gender, social, cultural and financial barriers. In parallel, AKF supports the improvement of quality of care through targeted investments in healthcare infrastructure and equipment in government and AKDN facilities.
AKF enables adolescents to navigate a positive pathway from childhood through to adulthood through efforts which reduce risk, promote resilience and broaden opportunities. Interventions address underlying drivers of poor health, including reducing risks of violence, harmful attitudes, norms, behaviours and practices which contribute to gender inequality and infringe upon adolescents’ rights.
AKF’s approach integrates adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights, and includes access to maternal care and support, interventions to delay age at first birth, and family planning. Interventions contribute to reduced morbidity and mortality amongst adolescents associated with communicable disease, non-communicable disease, self-harm and injury.
AKF’s adolescent health and well-being initiatives contribute to the global evidence base in several contexts, with a specific focus on addressing knowledge gaps in Central Asia
AKF addresses undernutrition by fostering positive nutrition behaviours and practices. This includes improving infant and young child feeding, reducing micronutrient deficiencies through food-based approaches and micronutrient supplementation, and enhancing early identification, treatment and monitoring of stunted, wasted and low birth weight children.
AKF focuses on reducing the likelihood of inter-generational transmission of undernutrition by improving pre-conceptual health and the nutritional status of adolescent girls, strengthening health systems to integrate nutrition into ante-natal and post-natal care better, and ensuring the care and treatment of small and sick babies.
AKF focusses on reducing the burden of overweight and obesity by improving access to and the utilisation of a diverse array of nutritious foods, encouraging a healthy lifestyle and fostering positive nutrition behaviours and practices.
Social and Environmental
Influencers of Health
Through initiatives aimed at reducing the barriers to access and uptake of health services, alleviating poverty, addressing inequality, and promoting women’s empowerment, AKF aims to address the social and environmental risk factors and conditions which drive poor health outcomes.
AKF acknowledges the increased risk and role that environmental factors play on human health and addresses environmental influencers by supporting initiatives which increase access to clean water and household sanitation and mitigate risks which arise from indoor air pollution.