The Future of Counseling within GMP: A Learning Agenda to Shape Policy and Programming Priorities

September 13, 2023 - September 13, 2023

In 178 countries worldwide, growth monitoring and promotion (GMP) continues to be an important entry point for preventive care and essential child health, nutrition, and development services. Given the varying levels of quality and success, country leadership and global teams are working to strengthen GMP. In 2018, global thought leaders recommended a paradigm shift to better integrate child growth and development and strengthen promotion, including counseling (Bégin et al. 2020). In 2022, in collaboration with UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Global Financing Facility (GFF) of the World Bank, USAID and USAID Advancing Nutrition hosted a GMP expert consultation, during which experts, researchers, government stakeholders, and implementers discussed advances in GMP since the 2018 meeting. Recognizing a persistent gap around counseling within GMP, USAID and partners developed a learning agenda to inform future research and learning investments. During this webinar speakers and participants discussed and contributed to this learning agenda to better achieve child health globally.