Gender Influences on Maternal and Child Nutrition
Exploring how household gender dynamics influence maternal and child health behaviors in rural Tanzania
Even though there are proven methods for improving maternal and child nutrition behaviors, social contexts strongly influence effectiveness and how well interventions are received. This research project is exploring social and gender influences through in-depth interviews with pregnant women/mothers and their partners in Tanzania. By assessing levels of household (dis)agreement on decision-making, food/nutrition and how money is spent, the team is highlighting what factors influence recommended health behaviors. This project is also holding participatory workshops to share results and learn from local government and community partners to build capacity and to successfully implement community programming.
Topics: Children, Youth, Seniors and Families; Food and Agriculture’ Health, Nutrition and Medicine
- Graduate student: Ibukun Owoputi, nutrition
Special committee chair:
Katherine Dickin, Division of Nutritional Sciences
College of Human Ecology
- Community partner: IMA World Health, Tanzania
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