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Peer Groups - Wasting Reduction of 33%


Strategy researched

Community home visits and peer group nutrition intervention delivery platforms

Impact achieved

33% reduced likelihood of under-5 wasting, with early initiation of breastfeeding 2.13x more likely & exclusive breastfeeding 2.43x more likely.

Country of study


Research methodology

Systematic review - 83 RCTs, quasi-randomized, and controlled before-after studies


Nutrients; 2020

Journal paper title and link

The Effects of Community Home Visit and Peer Group Nutrition Intervention Delivery Platforms on Nutrition Outcomes in Low and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Excerpt from Abstract

"Compared to care as usual, CHW home visits increased early initiation of breastfeeding (EIBF) (OR: 1.50; 95% CI: 1.12, 1.99; n = 10 RCTs) and exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) (OR: 4.42; 95% CI: 2.28, 8.56; n = 9 RCTs) and mother/peer groups were effective for improving children’s minimum dietary diversity (OR: 2.34; 95% CI: 1.17, 4.70; n = 4) and minimum meal frequency (OR: 2.31; 95% CI: 1.61, 3.31; n = 3). Pooled estimates from studies using both home visit and group platforms showed positive results for EIBF (OR: 2.13; 95% CI: 1.12, 4.05; n = 9), EBF (OR: 2.43; 95% CI: 1.70, 3.46; n = 12), and < 5 wasting (OR: 0.77; 95% CI: 0.67, 0.89; n = 4). ...[F]indings underscore the importance of interpersonal community platforms for improving infant and young child feeding practices and children’s nutritional status in LMICs..."

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