Mar 2018 – Dec 2019

SAM prevention – Adding Wasting Outcomes



India – South Asia

To measure the effect of cash transfer programs on wasting outcomes of children up to three years of age.

$240,000 Grant Value

To achieve a world where no child dies from severe acute malnutrition, it is essential to grow the scarce evidence base. The lack of definitive evidence is a barrier to actionable prevention of severe acute malnutrition and limits evidence-based decision making.

This grant aims to measure the effect of the Rajpusht program on children under three years of age. It will test if low birth-weight and wasting outcomes are reduced by replacing take-home rations with cash transfers and implementing a communication for behaviour change package.

The evaluation measures the weight of about a thousand children in an intervention and control arm during the baseline and end-line. It will be embedded as part of a larger layered evaluation in Rajasthan.

This investment will make $240,000 available to Rajpusht to collect data on children’s weight and height. It will kick-start evidence collection and grow the evidence base on programmes which had not originally addressed wasting. The evidence generated and learning opportunities presented by this investment will provide much needed steer on how to prevent severe acute malnutrition.


This evaluation aims to measure whether Rajpusht results in 8% or more reduction in wasting by 2020.