Reducing Child Malnutrition through Social Protection in Nepal
In Nepal, 42% of deaths of children under 5 years of age are caused by malnutrition, with diarrheal disease being the biggest contributor to mortality at 15.6%
This brief explores a Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction grant that aims to assist in creating capacity within the Government of Nepal and helps social protection programs become more inclusive and equitable. The intended outcome is the enhanced execution of social protection programs. The grant assistance aims to strengthen the planning, delivery, and monitoring systems and processes around the government's child grant, which is expected to contribute to reduction of child malnutrition in project districts. The project is mainly focusing on the five districts of the Karnali zone, which has the lowest socioeconomic indicators in the country. The program outreach will cover at least 70% of the communities in the project districts, and at least 80% of the mothers will be provided orientation on Infant and Young Child Feeding and care practices.