Interventions
Millennium Villages introduce a broad range of interventions that address all at the same time the specific needs of each village. Equally as important is that the villagers themsevles own and drive all the work being done through Millennium Promise. They are our partners and they are the keys to success. These practical, proven, integrated, low-cost investments are provided under the scientific and technical guidance of the Millennium Promise Scientific Council, the UN Millennium Project, and The Earth Institute at Columbia University. Below are a number of key interventions and the objectives they address.
 
Objective 2 Objective 1 Objective 4
Objective 8 Objective 3
Objective 5 Objective 7 Objective 6
 
Objective One: Nutrition

Eliminate hunger and malnutrition in the village by increasing production, access and utilization of nutritious foods, with a special focus on improving nutritional status of pregnant women, nursing mothers and infants under two.

Replenish nutrients in the soil with nitrogen-fixing legumes, organic materials and mineral fertilizers
Provide of equipment for water harvesting techniques for small-scale irrigation
Provide farmers with access to and information about superior germplasm of basic food crops, livestock, pulses, root and tuber crops, vegetable, tree and fodder crops
Training agricultural extension agents to ensure they have up-to-date and appropriate information on soil health, small-scale water management, improved seeds, livestock, and agroforestry
Provide micronutrient supplementation programs for pregnant and lactating mothers and children less than 2 years old
Build local grain storage facilities
Develop organized systems for selling products to more distant markets and purchasing farm inputs
Objective Two: Agriculture

Improve livelihoods of women and men and increase their incomes for both on- and off-farm activities.

Provide technical expertise and required inputs to diversify parts of farmland to higher value products after food security is achieved
Provide training to develop new village businesses (e.g. agro-based processing, small livestock cooperatives, small-scale artisans)
Assist farmers and entrepreneurs to partner with larger food processors, supermarkets and export-oriented distributors
Develop cost effective alternatives for electricity to support and links to national grids, solar, wind, biomass power and new lanterns that are rechargeable at schools
Provide all-weather vehicle access road and village vehicle
Assist equitable access to rural finance, physical infrastructure and training to facilitate the creation of small businesses
Equip kitchens with improved stoves outfitted with a chimney
Create gender targeted extension services and training sessions, work with local women's groups to obtain women's approval for locations of all new infrastructure
Objective Three: Gender Equality and Education

Assure full attendance to primary schools for both boys and girls and eliminate gender disparity in schools.

Develop and implement a school feeding program to provide safe, nutritious and quality meals for all children, including nursery schools, and provide an economic incentive for parents to send children, especially girls, to school
Improve school facilities by creating separate school latrine facilities for girls and improving learning content to be more relevant to girls
Train all primary school children on the use of computers and Internet
Establish secondary school scholarship fund for the village
Objective Four: Gender Equality and Health

Improve access to medical services, especially focused on improving women's health and drastically reducing child and maternal mortality.

Provide immunizations, micronutrient supplementation, education for disease prevention and access to prompt treatment for children less than five years of age
Educate girls and women on reproductive health issues and measures and ensure access to reproductive health medical services 
Ensure access to skilled birth attendants through renovating and constructing a village clinic
Providing emergency ambulance transport to the nearest hospital with the village vehicle
Objective Five: Health

Decrease rate of infection of HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and other major diseases; and increase access to essential medicine such as antiretroviral medication.

Provide prevention and treatment interventions for malaria that includes improved case management; intermittent preventive treatment (IPT) for pregnant women and providing long lasting insecticide treated nets (LLITNs) for every member of the village
Provide education on AIDS prevention and voluntary counseling and testing; antiretroviral drugs (ARV) therapy, nutritional supplementation for effective treatment; and combination drug treatments for TB and drug-resistant TB
Renovate or construct a local clinic to provide basic medical services and medicines
Train local, community health workers in prevention and general health care for home-based care
Objective Six: Environment

Integrate the principles of sustainable development into village programs to reverse the loss of environmental resources and enhance ecosystem services.

Provide training and seeds/seedlings for community forestry and woodlot programs including community nurseries
Work with community members on infrastructure development, such as roads
Ensure excessive common use does not impinge on remaining natural and common resource areas
Train extension workers and farmers on crop and soil management practices that reduce soil erosion and prevent fertilizers and other agrochemicals from entering water systems
Promote land use practices that protect natural biodiversity and increase agro-biodiversity
Identify mechanisms to reward farmers through international conventions for sequestering carbon through soil fertility restoration and conservation practices
Objective Seven: Water

Increase access to clean water and sanitation for households, schools and medical services.

Explore and cost options technologies (e.g. boreholes, dug wells) for increasing water supply at the household level at each village
Install and train community in rainwater harvesting and collection from rooftops and storage tanks in schools, medical facilities and other appropriate buildings in the area
Provide material and training to filter and/or disinfect all collected water depending on the raw water quality
Promote the creation of ventilation improved pit latrines, normal enclosed-pit latrines with the addition of a ventilation pipe
Objective Eight: Infrastructure

Eliminate the digital divide by making available the benefits of communication technologies, especially access to Internet and mobile telephones services.

Build or furnish an existing community village centre with internet connectivity, either through innovative technologies as a virtual canopy system or other appropriate technology, equipped with mobile telephone services and adequate electricity
Create training activities in agriculture, health and infrastructure to be delivered by local facilitators at the community center
Provide space near the community village centre for the establishment of small businesses that require electricity

 

 
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