Suchana-Ending the Cycle of Undernutrition in Bangladesh






Suchana-Ending the Cycle of Undernutrition in Bangladesh


Suchana is a multi-sectoral nutrition project which aims to achieve a significant reduction in stunting amongst children under two years of age. To address chronic undernutrition among the poor and very poor households in two districts of Sylhet Division in Bangladesh, Suchana aims to capitalise expertise and experiences of consortium to catalyse efforts by government and identify to scale up sustainable project to break intergenerational cycle of undernutrition through a life cycle approach which intensifies during critical 1000 days from conception.


From 1/1/2017 to 7/12/2022 (84 months)

Budget (EUR)

Total costs, EUR 51,293,338.75, EU contribution EUR 36,000,000.00


Sylhet Division: Sylhet and Moulvibazar District

  • 157 Unions of 20 Upazilas of Sylhet and Moulvibazar Districts.


Organization (s)

Implementing Agency: Save the Children in Bangladesh (SCiBD).

Technical Partners: Hellen Keller International (HKI),  World Fish (WF), International Development Enterprise (iDE).

Implementation Partners (IP): Center for Natural Resource Studies (CNRS), Friends in Village Development in Bangladesh (FIVDB), Rangpur Dinajpur Rural Service (RDRS).

One research partner: International Centre for Diarrheal Disease and Research in Bangladesh (icddr,b).

Objective, Outputs and Outcome

Overall objective: Significant reduction in the incidence of stunting amongst children under two years of age in two districts of Sylhet.

Specific Objectives (SO):

  • SO1. Improved nutrition governance at sub-national and national level demonstrated by enhanced coordination within and between ministries and sectors at national and local level, increased resource allocation to nutrition and effective implementation of nutrition related policies and project on the ground
  • SO2. Enhanced capacity of government frontline service providers to deliver nutrition related (both specific and sensitive) services in an effective and inclusive manner and increased uptake of services by nutritionally vulnerable groups (PLW, children under two years of age, adolescent girls and newlywed couples from extreme poor and moderate poor households)
  • SO3. Extreme poor and moderate poor households with pregnant women, lactating mothers with children under 2 and adolescent girls are empowered to overcome economic barriers to nutrition and become more resilient to social, economic and climatic shock
  • SO4. Increased knowledge, skills and power of extreme poor and moderate poor households, particularly women and adolescent girls, to practice and support appropriate IYCF and MCHN behaviour and challenge harmful gender norms (early marriage, early pregnancy and GBV)
  • SO5. Deliver a solid and rigorous knowledge and evidence base to galvanise momentum for change to support scalable interventions that address chronic malnutrition throughout Bangladesh.

Expected Results:

  • ER1- Prevalence of stunting among the children under two years will be reduced by additional 6% points from national rate of reduction in Sylhet and Moulvibazar districts.
  • ER2- 70% of very poor households accessing quality inputs from public/private sectors.
  • ER3- 80% of children of 0-5 months old exclusively breastfed.
  • ER4- 35% of women received at least 4 antenatal check-ups by a trained service provider during last pregnancy.
  • ER5- 30% of children of 6-23 months of age had access to minimum acceptable diet.
  • ER6- 40% of women has decision making power on: (a) major household purchase; (b) food purchase and preparation; (c) own health care and child health care; (d) visiting family members & relatives.

Target group(s)

  • Poor and very poor households with women of reproductive age (15-49 yeasrs) in the Sylhet and Moulvibazar districts of Sylhet Division in Bangladesh. Some activities will include men and the wider community.
  • Overall coverage 1.4 Million People (Newlyweds, pregnant women, malnutrition, adolescents, lactating mothers and children under two years of age, very poor and poor households)

Final beneficiaries

  • 235,500 Households (focusing 15-49 year’s Women of Child bearing age and Adolescents).