A Conditional Cash Transfer Program in the Philippines Reduces Severe Stunting

Journal Articles
Sectors:
Nutrition, Social Protection
Organization:
The Journal of Nutrition
Author:
Eeshani Kandpal, Harold Alderman, Jed Friedman, et al.
Regions:
East Asia & Pacific
Publication Dates:
July, 2016
Content Formats:
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This article from the Journal of Nutrition investigated whether Pantawid, a conditional cash transfer (CCT) program in the Philippines, improved anthropometric measurements in children aged 6–36 months. The researchers found that severe stunting was significantly reduced, making Pantawid one of few CCT programs worldwide to meet with this kind of success. By contrast, no changes were shown in non-severe stunting, underweight, and severe underweight. In addition to cash, the program promoted changes in key parenting practices, including children’s intake of protein-rich foods and care-seeking behavior.

Access the article abstract from The Journal of Nutrition website.