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It Takes a Village to Raise a Child. Impact Evaluation of the Training for Volunteers in Health and the Nutritional Recovery Cycles in West Guatemala

Juliana Yael Milovich and Elena Villar

No 2020-14, EconomiX Working Papers from University of Paris Nanterre, EconomiX

Abstract: The highest rates of child undernutrition in Guatemala are found in Western regions, where more than half of the children under five are stunted and almost 20% underweight. However, despite the large incidence of undernutrition in the country, there is no robust evidence of its determinants, effects and possible solutions. Our study analyses the impact of a program implemented by the Foundation FUNDAP in West Guatemala, Volunteers in Health, on the nutritional health of children under five years of age. We provide new evidence on how training women at the community level to provide information on infants' nutrition to mothers, together with the monitoring of children's growth and the supply of food supplements, contributes to significantly reduce the probability of children being underweight in West Guatemala.

Keywords: Child Undernutrition; Women's Training; Health Programs; Impact Evaluation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I38 J1 I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 1 pages
Date: 2020
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