About Maximising the Quality of Scaling Up Nutrition Plus (MQSUN+)
The United Kingdom’s (UK) Department for International Development (DFID) has committed to improving the nutrition of at least 50 million people by 2020 by addressing both the immediate and underlying causes of malnutrition. Their focus includes preventing stunting in young children, reducing unequal access of girls and women to food, water and other essential services and building country resilience to droughts and other shocks. DFID also supports the global Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement to enhance country capacity to accelerate nutrition programmes and policies. Funded by DFID, Maximising the Quality of Scaling Up Nutrition Plus (MQSUN+) supports this Movement through nutrition technical assistance.
From 2012 to 2016, MQSUN supported scaling up nutrition efforts at both global and national levels by providing technical expertise on the design, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based, nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programming and policies. Following its success, MQSUN+ (2016-2020) provides technical assistance to DFID, SUN countries and the SUN Movement Secretariat to catalyse multisectoral country efforts to scale up nutrition impact, maximise the quality and effectiveness of nutrition-related programmes, increase innovation in nutrition, support evidence generation and knowledge uptake and develop nutrition capacity.
MQSUN+ is a consortium of five expert nutrition organisations. Each partner contributes specialised technical expertise to ensure the provision of high-quality technical assistance to DFID and the SUN Movement.
PATH (lead) is a global health organisation that pursues innovative solutions in partnership with public institutions, businesses, grassroots groups and investors to strengthen health equity and to solve the world’s most pressing health challenges.
Aga Khan University is a private, autonomous university that promotes human welfare through research, teaching and community service with campuses in Afghanistan, Egypt, Kenya, Pakistan, Syria, Tanzania, Uganda, Egypt, Syria and the United Kingdom.
DAI Global Health, formerly Health Partners International, is a leading UK provider of health sector expertise and programme management services to support low- and middle-income countries to strengthen health care for the poor.
Development Initiatives is a UK-based organisation that provides cutting-edge data and analyses that policymakers and practitioners use to inform and guide policies that address the underlying causes of poverty and poor health outcomes.
NutritionWorks is an international public nutrition resource group comprising a diverse mix of highly experienced international public nutritionists who support efforts to ensure governments and organisations effectively support communities vulnerable to malnutrition.
Under MQSUN, consortium partners included Aga Khan University, Agribusiness Systems International (now Tanager International), Health Partners International, ICF International and the Institute of Development Studies.