Anthropometry and Resilience Capacities: Preliminary analyses and thoughts for the way
What can resilience analysis tell us about nutritional deviance? With support from the USAID-funded REAL Award through The TOPS Program, TANGO International will present the findings from their deep dive analysis into the correlates of nutritional deviance (contrasts between well-nourished and malnourished children) from two large household surveys, one in Burkina Faso and Niger (RISE) and another in northern Kenya (REGAL). The analysis, showing contrasting well-nourished with poorly nourished children, provides useful information.
The findings indicate that certain household characteristics are significantly associated with malnourished children and others with well-nourished children. Results from this study provide programmatic insights for nutrition and resilience and have broader implications for future research, while also highlight the importance of forward tracking and refinement of resilience trajectories, and modifying evaluation design to identify interventions that lead to nutritional resilience. The study also suggest that women's empowerment may be a critical--and underexplored-- link between interventions and child nutrition.