Large-Scale Behavior-Change Initiative for Infant and Young Child Feeding Advanced Language and Motor Development in a Cluster-Randomized Program Evaluation in Bangladesh
The authors of this research article conclude that an intensive Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) intervention promoted language and gross motor development, which was partially explained through improved complementary feeding. They examined an at-scale Alive & Thrive initiative in Bangladesh using a cluster-randomized design comparing intensive interpersonal counseling, mass media campaign, and community mobilization (intensive) vs. “usual” nutrition counseling and a mass media campaign (nonintensive). Among other findings, the researchers conclude that developmental advancement of children aged 6–23.9 months was partially explained through improved minimum dietary diversity and the consumption of iron-rich food. Data analysis is based on ~4200 household surveys collected in 2010 and 2014, which used a series of child development milestone questions to assess the interventions.