PD/Hearth project in Sudan
Location(s): Juba Sudan
Organization: Mercy Corps
In three villages in Ulan County, South Sudan, Mercy Corps has launched Positive Deviance/Hearth programs to address the high rates of child malnutrition. The area is remote, with limited access to water or markets. By relying on existing knowledge within the community, identifying positive deviant mothers, and providing a forum for the spread of positive deviant behaviors, Mercy Corps has contributed to the improvement of child health. Detailed reports are not available at this time.
- Website Publication: (Mercy Corps) "Improving Child Health in Recovering South"
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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