PD/Hearth project in Bolivia
Location(s): Valley, Cochabamba Department, Bolivia / Altiplano, Potosi Department, Bolivia
Organization: Food for the Hungry
Food for the Hungry International /Bolivia has recently begun a five year program using Positive Deviance to address childhood malnutrition in two geographic locations, eventually reaching a population of over 20,000.
Food for the Hungry International is a relief and development organization that works in over 20 countries around the world. FHI/Bolivia began in 1978 with a child sponsorship program. In 1983, in response to a sever drought and famine, FHI received PL-480 Title II commodities and funding to implement an emergency food relief program in cooperation with USAID Bolivia and then in 1989 FHI/Bolivia entered into a join monetization agreement with three other Cooperating Sponsors centering in food insecure regions in Bolivia such as the altiplano and highland valleys. FHI/Bolivia has recently begun a five year program using positive deviance to address childhood malnutrition in two geographic locations, eventually reaching a population of over 20,000. According to FHI/Bolivia health director, "This methodology allows the community members become empowered to solve their own problems."
- The FHI/Bolivia Positive Deviance Study provides a brief outline of the project, including goals and objectives.
From 2003 – 2008, USAID funded five international NGOs, (CARE, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Mercy Corps (MC), Save the Children US (SC), and World Vision International (WVI)), to implement Positive Deviance in Indonesia as part of food security programs. Together, the five NGOs reached 9,997 children across the country. Of this number, 59.6% gained 200g between admission into the program (Day 1) and graduation from the program (Day 10). Of 4,847 participants who were weighed again at the end of the month, 45% had gained the recommended 400g. Results differed slightly (but not significantly) between implementers; however, they differed dramatically between different communities.
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