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A community-led approach to improve early childhood development (ECD) and nutrition in Blantyre District, Malawi using quality improvement methods

Tiwonge Moyo

Topics: Community involvement, Orphans and vulnerable children, OVC services

Region and Country: Malawi


With support from the United States Agency for International Development, a community in the Blantyre District of Malawi managed to increase the number of children aged 3-6 years old attending community based childcare centers (CBCCs) from 589 to 1,120 (a 90.2% increase). While doing this they identified that 217 (19.4%) of the children in the CBCC were malnourished. By working with existing structures in the government, community and local support agencies managed to improve the nutritional status of 178 children (82%).