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Every year, one hundred million people fall below the poverty line due to illness. Malnutrition is responsible for half of infant mortality and generates negative impacts for one out of every two children through to adulthood. It is both the cause and the consequence of poverty and under-development.

In order to break the vicious circle of malnutrition-illness-poverty, GRET works to improve the health of vulnerable populations by focusing on six pillars: provision of quality local fortified food products in partnership with the local private sector; awareness-raising on appropriate feeding, maternal & child health and family planning practices; improvement of the quality of health services via strengthening of community health systems; development of social health protection schemes; support for the definition and implementation of national public policies on nutrition, community health and social health protection; and support for the implementation of nutrition-sensitive activities.

GRET has been working in the health sector for 25 years, more specifically in maternal and child health. With the Nutridev programme, developed with IRD since 1994, GRET works on long-term prevention of malnutrition by improving feeding, hygiene and healthcare practices, mainly with women of childbearing age and children under the age of two.

Since 1997, it has also been deploying social health protection systems to protect people with low incomes against the risk of expenditure on healthcare, which is a real poverty trap. In contributing to universal healthcare coverage policies, the objective is to facilitate and extend social health protection to populations not covered by the traditional systems and to vulnerable populations in the formal sector.

GRET conducts actions in the field, in particular facilitating the link between the community and basic healthcare structures.


Institut de médecine tropicale d’Anvers (IMT) (Belgique) ; Center of Evaluation for Global Action, Berkeley (Etats-Unis) ; Basis, Domrei Research and Consulting, (Cambodge) ; IRD, Iedes - Paris I (France) ; Institut national de santé publique et communautaire (INSPC), Institut Supérieur de technologie (IST), Université d’Antananarivo (Madagascar).

Institutions publiques et collectivités locales

Pam, Unicef, ministères de la Santé et institutions sanitaires des pays d’intervention, Direction de la nutrition (Burkina Faso), National Social Security Fund - NSSF et ministère du Travail et de la Formation Professionnelle (Cambodge) ;Conseil national de nutrition, Office national de Nutrition (Madagascar).

Opérateurs/ONG/Bureaux d’études

WHH (Allemagne) ; Association burkinabé des unités Misola (Abum) (Burkina Faso) ; CRS (Etats-Unis) ; ACF, CIDR, Solidarité Bretagne Cambodge (France) ; ONG Asos (Madagascar) ; ANED (Association nutrition et développement), ONG Au Secours (Mauritanie) ; Croix Rouge Suisse.

Organisations professionnelles, groupements, organisations paysannes

GMAC (Garment Manufacturer Association of Cambodia).

Collectifs et Réseaux

Réseau d’expert en micro-assurance du BIT, Groupes de travail du Microinsurance Network, Commission Santé et développement de Coordination SUD.


PPM (Cambodge), Taf (Madagascar), Gold power (Myanmar), Unités Misola (Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger), 17 PME produisant des farines infantiles et autres aliments fortifiés (Burkina Faso)