Sprout nutrition

Working alongside communities to prevent the risks associated with severe acute malnutrition in children

Over 16 million children under the age of 3 are afflicted by severe acute malnutrition. To pinpoint the most impactful prevention methods, Sprout is experimenting with 3 distinct approaches.
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Sprout

Niger

Over 16 million children under the age of 3 are afflicted by severe acute malnutrition. To pinpoint the most impactful prevention methods, Sprout is experimenting with 3 distinct approaches.

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Current malnutrition prevention efforts range from breastfeeding exclusively to multi-pronged approaches that include a dizzying number of interventions like home gardens, cash transfers, and feeding practices all together. But none have proven to be effective and scalable prevention methods.

To pinpoint the most impactful methods, Sprout is experimenting with 3 distinct approaches:

  1. Positive Practices: Identifying and promoting existing practices in communities, like hand washing and diversifying the foods children eat, that are associated with SAM prevention, and then introducing choices for additional, relevant practices that women can decide to adopt. Supporting women in changing their ability, motivation, and opportunity to adopt or intensify positive practices.
  2. Post-Harvest Loss: Offering an alternative service to current storage practices that better protects against losses of crops from rodents, insects, and fungus; and may offset the cost of operations.
  3. Cash: Providing modest quantifies of unconditional cash to pregnant women and caregivers of children under 3 years to prompt the uptake of new behaviors, like eating (rather than selling) eggs or buying soap.

July 2018 | Tillaberi, Niger. Kicked off prototype

Kicked off community consultation with village leaders, district health officials, local nutrition and agriculture specialists, and women to fine-tune the design of the prototype.

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June 2018 | Sprout 2.0 Begins

Developed a prototype to understand how post-harvest loss reduction, small cash transfers, and promotion of locally-relevant positive practices meets user preferences and can support adoption of SAM risk-reduction actions.

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August 2017 | How might reducing post-harvest loss contribute to SAM risk-reduction among smallholder farming families?

  • Spent time with caregivers in remote villages in western Tanzania to understand:
    • How they are affected by post-harvest loss?
    • What advice do they have for raising healthy children?
    • What actions would they like to be able to take and what would they need to do it?
  • Consulted providers in SAM-affected areas to understand the local drivers of SAM
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June 2017 | What new ideas can design thinking generate for preventing SAM?

  • Met with regional and national nutrition experts in Senegal to understand current best practices, constraints, and which new directions for SAM prevention they are most excited by
  • Spent time with families along the Liberia-Guinea border to understand their priorities, interests, and current investments in caring for their children
  • Conducted observations in clinics to observe interactions between providers and caregivers to understand current practices and opportunities for prevention
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May 2017 | How likely we will meet our goal of treating 6M children for SAM per year?

  • Conducted expert interviews and desk reviews to understand the potential for impact on SAM treatment and cost at scale of innovations in SAM prevention being spearheaded by members of the No Wasted Lives Coalition
  • Developed a model to analyze interactions between innovations under various scenarios with input from nutrition experts (users can manipulate the model to change assumptions as they like)
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