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Effects of Nutrition Counselling and Unconditional Cash Transfer on Child Growth and Family Food Security in Internally Displaced Person Camps in Somalia: A Quasi-Experimental Study
Dalarna University, School of Health and Welfare, Care Sciences. Dalarna University, School of Health and Welfare, Caring Science/Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0119-5394
Dalarna University, School of Health and Welfare, Caring Science/Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4013-1553
Dalarna University, School of Health and Welfare, Caring Science/Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0038-9402
2022 (English)In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, ISSN 1661-7827, E-ISSN 1660-4601, Vol. 19, no 20, article id 13441Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The effects of nutrition counselling (NC) and unconditional cash transfer (UCT) in improving growth in children under five and household food security are poorly understood in humanitarian settings. Therefore, this study aimed to evaluate the effects of NC and NC combined with unconditional cash transfer (NC + UCT) on children’s growth and food security in Somalia. The study was performed with a quasi-experimental design in two districts in the Banadir region of Somalia. Caregivers (n = 255) with mildly to moderately malnourished children aged 6 to 59 months old (n = 184) were randomized to the NC, NC + UCT and control groups. The interventions consisted of weekly NC for three months alone or in combination with UCT. The outcome variables were wasting, underweight, stunting, and food security. Difference-indifferences analysis was used to estimate the effect of the interventions. Our study did not find any significant impacts of NC or NC + UCT on child wasting, underweight, stunting, food security or household expenses. In conclusion, NC, alone or in combination with UCT, did not impact children’s growth or household food security. Thus, a culturally tailored NC programme over a longer period, supplemented with cash transfer, could be beneficial to consider when designing interventions to reduce malnutrition and food insecurity.

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MDPI, 2022. Vol. 19, no 20, article id 13441
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counselling; cash transfer; humanitarian setting; IDP; nutrition; underweight; wasting
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-42919DOI: 10.3390/ijerph192013441ISI: 000873306400001PubMedID: 36294019Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85140909057OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-42919DiVA, id: diva2:1705916
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