Jan 2013 – Jun 2018

Malawi stunting prevention

Malawi

Country

Malawi – Africa

To demonstrate a stunting reduction model using a lipid-based nutrient supplement for children under two years old in the Ntichisi District of Malawi.

$18,716,676 Multi-Year Grant Value

In Malawi, we are working with the World Food Programme and other partners to support the government to tackle malnutrition. 

One in two children are stunted in Malawi - they are too short for their age. 

The programme is working to reduce stunting for children under the age of two in Ntichisi District, with specific aims to reduce stunting by up to 10% among 6-23 month old children with low-dietary diversity.

Our grant will support the delivery of a lipid-based nutrition product, counselling and integrated package of high-impact interventions to children age 6-23 months. The data collected will also inform other World Food Programme nutrition programmes

How the programme works

An innovative real-time management and monitoring tool tracks those mothers and children who receive assistance. This simple system means community health workers and care groups can monitor new mothers and provide extra support for those who need it.

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The video below, produced by the World Food Programme, provides an overview of the programme and its objectives.


Impact

As of March 2016, 34,853 children have been fed since the start of the programme. 

Monitoring data from March 2016 shows that 78.2% of caregivers give the correct daily quantity of nutritional supplement to children (against a target of 65%), and 100% of counselled mothers retained key messages on product benefits and use, hygiene and breastfeeding practices (against a target of 75%).

In 2015, data from the monitoring system showed that between August and October, around 5,000 children had not been showing up each month to receive their nutrition supplements and counselling. 

A number of course corrections were implemented to improve participation in the programme. 

As a result of these activities, attendance grew from 65.6% to 82.9%

You can read more about what this course correction looked like here.