Integrating for stunting impact - academic longread
The Healthy Village approach combines WASH with food & nutrition security and care to improve child health. In our programme areas in Southern Bangladesh, stunting rates halved from 51% to 25%.
As the Healthy Village approach is being scaled and adapted from a Bangladeshi context to an Ethiopian one, it is important that the expertise on the approach is shared - we do this through our South2South learning sessions. Find out more about these sessions in this long-read.
The WASH & Nutrition Nexus
When we would scale up nutrition-specific interventions, research suggests that the prevalence of childhood stunting, also known as chronic undernutrition, can be reduced by 20% (1). Even though this reduction of 20% means that 33 million children will be prevented from being stunted, it also means that in 80% of the stunted cases, an exclusive focus on nutrition only is not enough.
Shifting away from traditional input-based payments, Max Payment-by-Results (MaxPbR) links payments to our implementation partners to predefined results.
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Healthy Village Approach
Our innovative Healthy Village approach, pioneered in Bangladesh and now in Ethiopia, tackles undernutrition (stunting) in children under five.