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Testing the Feasibility of Incorporating Support for Early Childhood Development into the Baby Friendly Community Initiative in Kenya

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.

 

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