We combine water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) with nutrition and care, especially for mothers and children, to reduce undernutrition and disease.
Behaviour change. Community-wide.
We mobilize the whole community towards the common goal of child health. Caregivers monitor child growth using growth charts, and learn behaviours from peers that support raising healthy children. Seeing your child stunted, and wanting him or her to grow up healthy, is a powerful trigger for change.
We stimulate supply and demand for products and services that help families be healthy. Local entrepreneurs become catalysts for change. Healthy Villages are officially designated by local government once they meet and maintain key criteria.
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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.
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.