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DP 2018-45: Child Stunting Prevention: The Challenge of Mobilizing Local Governments for National Impact

Key to achieving national targets under a devolved set-up is the capacity of the entire system to implement health and nutrition programs at scale. This requires coordinated efforts with the same energy and commitment among the local government units (LGUs). Though still few relative to the total number of LGUs, there are LGUs that have already demonstrated being able to sustain a number of nutrition-related interventions. Moreover, there is increasing interest in implementing the First 1,000 Days Program despite past interventions being focused on feeding programs for older children in day care centers and schools. There are also LGUs that, with training in leadership and governance, can facilitate improvements in their local health system to deliver a continuum of maternal, neonatal, and child health care in a service delivery network. Based on the experiences of these LGUs, it is possible to move forward by systematically addressing two sets of issues: one of governance and health systems improvements; and two of strengthening key elements and filling out gaps in existing maternal, neonatal and child health and nutrition programs, particularly the nutrition-specific components.

Philippine Institute for Development Studies
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Herrin, Alejandro N.; Abrigo, Michael R.M.; Tam, Zhandra C.; Ortiz, Danica A.P.; local governance; health care; maternal and child care; stunting; first 1,000 days; child health and nutrition;
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