|Reporting Organization:||HealthBridge Foundation of Canada|
|Total Budget ($CAD):||$ 499,548|
|Timeframe:||July 4, 2012 - June 20, 2016|
HealthBridge Foundation of Canada
|Bolivia - $ 479,566.08 (96.00%)|
|Canada - $ 19,981.92 (4.00%)|
|Economic Development & Empowerment (4 %)|
|Nutrition (96 %)|
The project aims to improve food security, health and nutritional status amongst poor rural households in Bolivia, particularly for women and children. This will be achieved using an approach that increases both the availability and consumption of nutritious foods, through improved animal husbandry practices and increased knowledge amongst local families of healthy nutrition and feeding practices. At the same time, the project will ensure that men and women benefit equally from the project by increasing decision-making authority of women related to animal husbandry, child feeding practices and use of family resources. The project will directly reach 509 families from 25 communities (1000 men and 1000 women) and students of 3 local boarding schools, as well as 8,097 indirect beneficiaries in the region of Cochabamba, Bolivia. The project will be implemented by HealthBridge Foundation of Canada’s local partner, CENDA (Centro de Comunicación y Desarrollo Andino).
|Gender and age:||Adult women Adult men Adolescent females Adolescent males Children, girls Children, boys Under-5 children Older adults, women Older adults, men|
|Total Direct Population:||585|
|Total Indirect Population:||1,452|
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The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: Increased production of meat and eggs in participating communities; increased intake of proteins among women and children; and Improved decision-making authority of women relating to animal husbandry practices, child feeding practices, and family resources in participating communities of the Department of Cochabamba, Bolivia.
Results achieved as of the end of the project (March 2016) include: (1) an increase in the average number of chickens per household from 1.5 at baseline to 6, as well as an increase in egg production from 0.7 to 4 eggs per day; (2)the percentage of beneficiaries consuming eggs daily increased from 16% to 68% in children and from 16% to 62% in women; (3) the percentage of beneficiaries consuming meat increased from 57% to 83% in children and 74% to 93% in women; (4)through the training provided, 90% of male and female beneficiaries have a better understanding of the importance of meat and egg consumption to their children’s and family’s overall health; (5) the project also maintained and promoted a spirit of dialogue and shared decision making by women and men with regards to animal husbandry practices, and the use of family resources.
These results have contributed to improving the food security and nutrition among poor households in the targeted region of Cochabamba, Bolivia.