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Nutrition and Health Behaviour Change Communication, along with Home Visits - 15.9 Percentage Point Reduction in Diarrhoea


Strategy researched

Agriculture production activities integrated with nutrition and health behaviour change communication (BCC), along with home visits by either an older woman leader or health committee member

Impact achieved

The study found statistically significant (P < 0.05) impacts on diarrhoea (difference-in-difference (DID): -15.9 percentage points (pp); P = 0.00) among children aged 3-12.9 months and on anaemia (DID: -14.6 pp; P = 0.03) and mean hemoglobin (Hb) (DID: 0.74 grams per decilitre (g/dL); P = 0.03) among children aged 3-5.9 months in intervention communities compared with control villages. It also found marginally significant (P < 0.10) impacts on mean Hb (DID: 0.51 g/dL; P = 0.07) and wasting (DID: -8.8 pp; P = 0.08).

Country of study

Burkina Faso

Research methodology

Cluster RCT


Journal of Nutrition; 2015

Journal paper title and link

A 2-Year Integrated Agriculture and Nutrition and Health Behavior Change Communication Program Targeted to Women in Burkina Faso Reduces Anemia, Wasting, and Diarrhea in Children 3-12.9 Months of Age at Baseline: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial

Excerpt from Abstract

"HKI [Helen Keller International]'s 2-y integrated HFP [homestead food production] +BCC program (HC group) significantly improved several child outcomes, including wasting (marginal), diarrhea, Hb, and anemia, especially among the youngest children. This is the first cluster-randomized controlled trial of an HFP program that documents statistically significant positive effects on these child nutrition outcomes."

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