Timeline: 2014 - 2017 (Completed)
Researchers: Siân Clarke, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Natalie Roschnik, Save the Children
Evaluation: Mali is one of the world’s least developed countries and suffers from some of the highest rates of anemia and malaria in the world. In Sikasso region in southern Mali, where this evaluation took place, 45 percent of children under the age of five are stunted, over 80 percent are anemic and malaria is rampant. Save the Children supports Early Childhood Care and Development centers to help prepare young children for primary school, but many children already arrive malnourished or stunted from chronic disease and nutritional deficiencies. The evaluation measured the impact and cost effectiveness of providing parents with micronutrient powders to improve children’s nutrition, while combining it with the regular seasonal malaria chemoprevention and parenting education delivered through ECCD centers on children’s health, nutrition and child development. The results are pending.