Testing the Feasibility of Incorporating Support for Early Childhood Development into the Baby Friendly Community Initiative in Kenya
Principal Investigator: Professor Paula Griffiths, Loughborough University
This project aims to test the feasibility of incorporating parental support for early childhood development (ECD) into the Baby FriendlyCommunity Initiative (BFCI; a community-based intervention delivered through community health volunteers (CHVs)) in rural Kenya. Over 66% of children in sub-Saharan Africa remain affected by poor developmental outcomes. Interventions delivered via CHVs and support to parents/families are seen by experts as a specific priority for testing in the African region because of their scaling potential. As a team of Kenyan/UK social scientists/public health nutritionists/ECD experts we will ensure impact by working closely with stakeholders in the Ministry of Health to generate evidence on: 1) the potential impact of the BFCI on ECD outcomes; 2) user, stakeholder and service provider needs for incorporating parental support for ECD into the BFCI; 3) culturally appropriate tools for delivery and monitoring of ECD within the BFCI, and as a result be in a position to co-produce a sustainable plan for incorporating ECD into future BFCI delivery/outcome monitoring.