PD/Hearth project in Haiti
Location(s): Leogane, Haiti
Organization: Children's Nutrition Program of Haiti (CNP of Haiti), Save the Children, Christian Medical Mission, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), Hospital Albert Schweitzer, Foundation of Compassionate American Samaritans (FOCAS)
Children’s Nutrition Program of Haiti (CNP of Haiti) began a PD/Hearth program in 2000, and is continually expanding to new villages. CNP uses the PD approach, where program staff learn specific recipes and behavior from PD mothers. The Nutrition Program has hired and trained “Montrices,” or female health monitors, to supervise the program in their own villages and collect information on every household – including weighing each child under 5 years old. Montrices work with volunteer mothers who offer their homes for the Hearth Sessions, and mothers of all moderately malnourished children are invited to participate for two weeks. The program has seen the rehabilitation of 80% of participating children in the villages of Leogane.
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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