Nepal: Can Information and Cash Improve Children's Development?

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Sectors:
Social Protection, Nutrition, Child Development, Health
Organization:
World Bank Group (WBG)
Author:
World Bank Group (WBG)
Region:
South Asia
Resource Publication Date:
July, 2017
Content Format:
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This policy note describes the impacts of a health and nutrition program in Nepal, which used monthly community-based health and nutrition messages combined with a short-term cash transfer for mothers. Mothers who received both information and cash reported a higher likelihood of breastfeeding their babies and an increased chance to take recommended vitamins. They also reported greater consumption of calories and that their children had better motor skills as compared to the control group (no intervention). Two years later, after the devastating 2015 earthquake, researchers found that while mothers still retained more knowledge on good nutrition practices, their children did not show any continued development gains.

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