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UKAID Department for International Development (R4D) 2010

NICK Project (Nutritional Improvement for children in urban Chile and Kenya)

Nutrition Children

UKAID Department for International Development (R4D)

Titre : NICK Project (Nutritional Improvement for children in urban Chile and Kenya)

Pays : Chile, Kenya

Projet de recherche pour le Développement : RES-167-25-0461

DFID Programme : ESRC-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research

Organismes de mise en œuvre
Joint Financiers : Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Lead Institutes : Institute of Education, University of London (IoE)

Durée : Start Date : 01-10-2010 End Date : 30-09-2013

Descriptif
The purpose of this project is to find out whether malnutrition in young children living in informal settlements and slums can be reduced through small-scale interventions operating to change the social determinants of health (SDH) through broadening participation. The SDH are a broad range of social and environmental factors operating at multiple levels of social organizations that can lead to inequities in the level and distribution of health and nutrition in a population. This research will address the international poverty agenda through making a contribution to the first six of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDG) for which adequate nutrition is a crucial input. It responds to the challenge posed by the recent revitalisation of the Primary Health Care approach and the report of the WHO Commission on the SDH, which call for studies to clarify the complexity and dynamics of the social processes involved in health development and their contribution to health equity and better health and nutrition.
Studies in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa have shown that interventions to broaden participation and stakeholder participation can change the social determinants and lead to reduced child malnutrition but there is a gap in the evidence base for urban slum areas. This gap needs to be addressed because rapid rates of change and growth in many cities in developing countries have led to ineffective responses to the impacts of urbanization on child nutrition and to concern over high levels of child malnutrition. This research will therefore be conducted in the city of Mombasa in Kenya where child undernutrition in the slum areas is a serious public health problem. It will also be conducted in the major city of Valparaísoty in Chile which is of comparative interest because there are spiralling rates of child obesity is slum areas.
The study will use a cross-disciplinary approach drawing on the fields of health, food and nutrition, education, social development and governance to help ’join up’ research, policy development and implementation across disciplinary boundaries.

Total Cost to DFID : £499,946

Présentation : UKAID

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