Optimizing food assistance programs: Nutrition-sensitive approach lowers anemia prevalence in Burundi

BY TRACY BROWN AND JEF LEROY

Evidence shows that food-assisted maternal and child health and nutrition (FA-MCHN) programs that target mothers and children during the first 1,000 days of life (from pregnancy to a child’s second birthday) succeed in achieving nutrition improvements. What are the effects of such programs on anemia (i.e., low hemoglobin levels), specifically, in mothers and children?