The child scorecard to accelerate the reduction of stunting among children

Smart and well-coordinated efforts to address the complex and multisectoral issues affecting human capital development are imperative for success. It is in this perspective that the National Child development Agency in collaboration with its partners has been scaling up the child scorecard model to track health and nutrition interventions received by pregnant women and children under 2 years of age.

This model is an innovative child-centered approach contributing to other stunting reduction initiatives aiming at creating stunting free villages and households across the country, using an individual child scorecard to guide parents, community health workers and local leaders to timely identify the intervention gaps that need to be addressed at early stages before children nutrition situation deteriorates.

This innovation started in Nyabihu District in 2019 and allows quick decisions, encourages prevention and early treatment, improves good feeding practices, handwashing facilities at each household and stimulates local communities to have improved sanitary facilities and use safe drinking water. 

Parents from Kabagabo Village, Cyavumba Cell, Kabatwa Sector in Nyabihu District testify that child scorecard model increased their knowledge on how to improve their children nutrition status including preparing balanced diet in their family. Uwera Claudine, a mother of one-year-old daughter, appreciates the importance of using a child scorecard.

“This child scorecard helped me a lot to understand what is stunting and what I can do to prevent it using the interventions on the scorecard. Before, I used to take my child to monthly growth monitoring sessions for screening and they used to tell me that my child is stunted, but no further guidance on how I can support my child.”

Furthermore, from the household level, the child scorecard model strengthens multi-sectoral collaboration. This is highlighted by Robert Muhirwa, Executive Secretary of Kabatwa Sector, Nyabihu District.

“The child scorecard model helps local leaders in the sector and our stakeholders to self-evaluate on nutrition indicators. I collaborate with the cell, village and Isibo leaders, community health workers and other stakeholders in the sector to analyse the root causes of the identified intervention gaps and provide support and guidance to families in need to address the gaps on time.”

After the successful pilot of the child scorecard model in Nyabihu district, the national child development agency in collaboration with different partners is scaling up this model to other districts across the country.

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