Bolsa Alimentacão (BA) was a conditional cash transfer programme that ran from 2001 - 03. Families with pregnant or lactating women and/or children less than 7 years of age with a monthly per capita income below US$ 42 received US$ 7 per child monthly, for up to 3 children. Conditions for receipt of the transfer included regular pre- and postnatal care, growth monitoring, immunization, and participation in nutrition education seminars. In 2003 BA merged with several programmes to form the current Bolsa Familia Programme (BFP).
WHO (2013) Essential Nutrition Actions – Improving maternal, newborn, infant and young child health and nutrition, which provides a compact of WHO guidance on nutrition interventions targeting the first 1000 days of life. Part I presents the interventions currently recommended by WHO, summarizes the rationale and the evidence, and describes the actions require to implement them. Part II provides an analysis of community-based interventions aimed at improving nutrition and indicates how effective interventions can be delivered in an integrated fashion. It shows how the essential nutrition actions described in the first part have been implemented in large-scale programmes in various settings, what the outcomes have been, and to examine the evidence for attribution of changes in nutritional outcomes to programme activities. This summary of Bolsa Alimentacão is retrieved from the ENA Part II where Bolsa Alimentacão is one of 32 large-scale community-based programs that has been reviewed in detail and evaluated.
<p>Families who met the inclusion criteria received US$ 7 per child monthly, for up to 3 children. </p>
<p>Height-for-age z-score (HAZ)</p><p>Weight-for-age z-score (WAZ)</p>
<p>Initial evaluation data from Bolsa Alimentacão showed worsening height-for-age z-scores (HAZ) and weight-for-age z-scores (WAZ) for beneficiaries compared to non-beneficiaries, though results were not statistically significant. This result was despite a reported increase in food consumption, which may have been due to beneficiary mothers assuming they would be ineligible for benefits if children were healthy.</p>
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