This study, conducted in Haiti by FANTA, compared two methods of targeting and delivering food-assisted maternal and child health and nutrition (MCHN) programs. The first program used a recuperative approach that provided food and other health and nutrition assistance to children 6 months to 5 years who were identified as underweight. The second program used a preventive approach that targeted all children 6–23 months with similar food and health and nutrition services. The study showed that the prevalence of undernutrition was lower in the communities receiving the preventive program and confirmed that interventions that aim to prevent undernutrition can be much more effective than those that target children once they have become undernourished.
Collaborating Organizations: IFPRI, Cornell University, and World Vision/Haiti