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Cash Transfers and Group Nutrition Education - 15.6%-Point Increase in Early Initiation of Breastfeeding

Fri, 03/03/2023 - 07:27

Strategy researched

Cash transfers and monthly group nutrition education sessions led by locally recruited community health volunteers

Impact achieved

The programme increased the probability of breastfeeding initiation within the first hour after delivery by 15.6% points (p < .05; control = 74.4% and treatment = 83.6%), the probability of exclusive breastfeeding during the first 6 months by 14.4% points (control = 13.5% and treatment = 25.3%), the probability of households treating water consumed by adults by 16.7% points (p < .01; control = 13.9% and treatment = 23.4%), and treating water consumed by children under 2 by 10.3% points (p < .10; control = 31.2% and treatment = 37.9%).

Country of study


Research methodology



Maternal and Child Nutrition; 2020

Journal paper title and link

Nutritional training in a humanitarian context: Evidence from a cluster randomized trial

Excerpt from Abstract

"Using data on secondary outcomes of breastfeeding, water treatment, and knowledge from a cluster randomized control trial of the Yemen Cash for Nutrition programme's impact on child nutritional status, this paper shows that the programme significantly improved knowledge and practices for poor women with young children in the pilot districts."


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