In Senegal, a New Approach to Nutrition Drops Childhood Stunting

Ndeye Ngom is a first-time mother in Senegal’s Fatick region, 150 kilometers southeast of Dakar, the capital city of Senegal. And like any parent, upon hearing the news that her daughter, 9-month-old Khady Faye, was underweight, Ndeye grew immediately worried. “I panicked when they told me the baby is malnourished,” Ndeye remembers. “This is not a disease we know.”

Ndeye’s concern for her daughter was not unfounded. Childhood stunting, an overarching measure of long-term malnutrition, has life-long consequences: It can reduce cognitive abilities, limit school attainment, decrease adult wages, and make children less likely to escape poverty as adults.

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New Health Care Model Launches in Nigeria to Improve Women and Children’s Health

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Government of Nigeria is using the Program for Results (PforR) approach to inng-new-health-care-model-launches-in-nigeria-to-improve-women-and-childrens-health-homepage-780x439.jpgcentivize states to improve the coverage and quality of maternal and child health services.
  • The country’s health care sector is shifting from funding inputs such as drugs, commodities, and health workers, to paying for results and improved health outcomes for beneficiaries.
  • The hope is that the PforR model will help save lives and increase transparency in management and budgeting for primary healthcare.

 

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