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Strengthening and Evaluating the Preventing Malnutrition in Children under 2 Approach (PM2A) in Burundi: Baseline Report
This report presents findings from the baseline study of the PM2A research in Burundi. The overall objective of this research is to assess the impact and cost-effectiveness of PM2A on child nutritional status and to assess the optimal timing and duration of PM2A. The research is being carried out in the context of the Tubaramure program, a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Title II development food aid program implemented by a consortium of nongovernmental organizations in eastern Burundi. Tubaramure has three core components, which together define PM2A: improved health services for pregnant and lactating women and for children under 2 years of age; a strong social and behavior change communication (SBCC) strategy focused on improving health- and nutrition-related behaviors; and the distribution of food rations to the targeted populations. This report provides baseline values on key outcome variables for each of four comparison groups included in the PM2A research. To assess program effectiveness, these same outcome variables will also be measured at the end of the intervention for each comparison group.