Common Thread - Malnutrition mother with children
2018

Malnutrition

Why are 1 in every 5
children stunted in Tajikistan?

Overworked Tajik women must
fit child care into very full days,
often delegating responsibility
to caregivers who may
not have the most up-to-date
child-rearing practices.

 Common Thread - Malnutrition woman unicef
 Common Thread - Malnutrition people talking unicef


Our Solution

In Collaboration with
UNICEF Tajikistan

A national social and behaviour change strategy that calls out five moments for change in a child’s first 1,000 days. Accompanied by a field guide for practitioners, the strategy supports Tajik mothers and the wide circle of friends, family, and service providers around them. The five-year strategy was endorsed by the Ministry of Health.

Data Data References

Malnutrition-01_More than 20 percent

More than 20% of children under five in Tajikistan are stunted, the highest rate in Europe and Central Asia.

 Malnutrition-02_1 in 4 families

1 in 4 Tajik families has at least 1 male working abro​ad in Russia. Women take on more family responsibilities, which puts added pressure on​ new mothers.

 Malnutrition-03_Nearly 20% of Tajik mothers

Nearly 20% of Tajik mothers stop exclusively breastfeeding their children after the first month. Traditional customs offered to newborns at 40 days can interfere with exclusive breastfeeding.

 Malnutrition-04_Just 14% of Tajik mothers complete the WHO-recommended eight Antenatal Care visits. Those that do tend to come later than recommended.

Just 14% of Tajik mothers complete the WHO-recommended eight Antenatal Care visits. Those that do tend to come later than recommended.

 Malnutrition-05_Only 62% of mothers

Only 62% of mothers bring a companion with them to Antenatal Care visits. Bringing a companion increases compliance with advice, and makes it more likely mothers will return for their next visit.

 Malnutrition-06_Only 9% of Tajik children under two years old have a healthy diet.

Only 9% of Tajik children under two years old have a healthy diet.

Map

 Common Thread - Map Tajikistan

We started in the footsteps of mothers who used public health services. What are their barriers? What are their opportunities? Our team listened to rural mothers and families, collected video diaries, and plunged into a broad range of data.

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