World Bank Impact Story: Reducing Stunting in Madagascar

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The Malagasy Government asked for World Bank assistance to understand and address child stunting, so the Bank supported a knowledge exchange between BRAC Bangladesh and Madagascar National Community Nutrition Program. Bangladesh had faced similar challenges as Madagascar but was able to drastically and rapidly decrease chronic malnutrition through targeted interventions. In reflecting on the exchange, Jean Francois, then Acting National Director of the National Nutrition Office of Madagascar, said, “In Bangladesh, the first thing that struck us was the way they convey messages to the mothers…directly by visiting homes. We were also impressed by their level of community mobilization”.