The study aims to measure the association between the Child Cash Grant (CCG) and consumption practices of Vitamin A rich food due to the establishment of unique social and economic support to children age 6-23 months in 5 most remote and inaccessible districts of Nepal.
Pooled cross sectional data were drawn from Baseline survey (2009), Mid-line Survey (2013) and Endline survey (2015) including a total of 3,632 children aged under 6-23 months for the analysis.the composite indicator for the consumption of Vitamin A rich foods was constructed based on24 hour recall methods Logistic regressions were used to assess impact of CCG on consumption of vitamin A rich food controlling for mother’s background characteristics. Dependent and independent variables were converted into dichotomous. Standard errors of the estimates were also adjusted to take into account the multilevel nature of regression’s error structure.
The consumption of Vitamin A rich food were 25% in 2009, 36% in 2013 and 43% in 2015 in Karnali districts ( = 0.001). The results from logistic regression showed children being exposed to CCG were on an average one and a half (Odds Ratio [O.R.] = 1.52, 95% Confidence Interval [CI], (1.27-1.81) times more likely to have consumption of vitamin A rich food than those who were never exposed.
The study concludes that the CCG linked with Infant and Young Child Feeding promotion in Karnali zone has an impact on the consumption of Vitamin A rich food among 6-23 months children.