Formative Research On Behavioral Determinants of Stunting

Research on stunting and its behavioral determinants in Ghotki, Khaipur and Nosheroferoze districts of Sindh


This report presents the process, ndings and analysis of a qualitative research conducted in 3 districts - Ghotki, Khairpur and Nosheroferoze - of Sindh Province. The research explored underlying factors that determine nutrition and hygiene behaviors of mothers and caregivers of children under 2 years of age.

Among the determinants of stunting are a complex interaction of household, environmental, socioeconomic and cultural inuences. Action to reduce stunting requires improvements in food and nutrition security, education, WASH, health, poverty reduction and the status of women.

Evidence indicates that improvements in access to sanitation (from 48% to acceptable standards) will lead to a reduction in clinical and sub-clinical infections which enhances nutritional and overall health status. As part of the UN Maternal and Child Stunting Reduction Program efforts, UNICEF initiated WASH related interventions to align with nutrition-specic interventions in three districts in Sindh Province.

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