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Social Protection and BCC - 36% More Correct Knowledge of Child Nutrition

Thu, 05/26/2022 - 05:37
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Nutrition-sensitive social protection interventions on infant and young child nutrition (IYCN) knowledge in rural Bangladesh, both during and after behaviour change communication (BCC) intervention activities
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"There are 3 main findings: First, the BCC improves IYCN knowledge substantially in the 1st year of the intervention; participants correctly answer 3.0–3.2 more questions (36% more) compared to the non-BCC groups. Second, the increase in knowledge between the 1st and 2nd year was smaller, an additional 0.7–0.9 correct answers. Third, knowledge persists; there are no significant decreases in IYCN knowledge 6–10 months after nutrition BCC activities ended."



Although awareness (cognition vs pre-cognition) and knowledge about a health issue are good determinants of changes in attitudes, perceptions and intentions toward the health issue, they are not as important than attitudinal, intentional and behavioural indicators. Therefore, it would be beneficial if studies identified more significant range of social behavioural changes than simply knowledge which is an early indicator of potential change.

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