A Conditional Cash Transfer Program in the Philippines Reduces Severe Stunting
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.