The burden of malnutrition among children is high in Mozambique. According to the 2013 national survey, 43% of children under the age of 5 years suffer from stunting and 7% from wasting. To address these issues, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) aimed at improving the nutrient adequacy of infant and young child (IYC) diets in three districts of Sofala Province, Mozambique, through the delivery of micronutrient powder (MNP), called “VitaMais”, to children 6–23 months old and behaviour change interventions. Integral to the project is a process evaluation to explore factors that affected the program delivery system.
In 2015, as part of the program evaluation for this project, a cross-sectional baseline survey was conducted children 6–23 months of age in Nhamatanda, and children 6–23 and 24-59 months of age in Dondo. This was followed by an endline survey conducted in 2016 among children 6–23 months of age in Dondo and Beira. We present here findings for the baseline and endline sample of children 6-23 months of age in Dondo and endline sample of children 6-23 months of age in Beira.
This report describes baseline and endline results focused on characteristics of the survey populations; knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to vouchers, MNP and IYC feeding, including household coverage and recent intake of fortified foods; household participation in other health, nutrition, and development interventions; and recent child morbidity.
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