This study aims to help two project countries, Chile and Kenya, reduce malnutrition in young children through intervening to change the social determinants of health in informal, urban settlements and slums. The central research question is: Can child malnutrition amongst families living in poverty in informal settlements and slums be reduced through broadening community and stakeholder participation and strengthening local political accountability for nutrition?
This question will be explored using participatory action research with one multidisciplinary action research team in each study site. Each team will design and trial small scale actions to reduce child malnutrition. The impact of these actions will be assessed quantitatively through collection of weight-for-height, weight-for-age and height-for-age data collected in baseline and follow-up surveys and any change in nutritional status will be measured using a controlled experimental design.
Qualitative data will also be collected to illuminate the process (actions, pathways and mechanisms -including those in existing structures) through which any change in nutritional status has been achieved.