Despite the worldwide recognition that every child has the right to social security and an adequate standard of living, millions of children across the world, including in Nepal, are lacking basic standards of living, health, education, and nutrition, surrounded by poverty and vulnerability. Child poverty has been widely recognized to have both short- and long-term adverse consequences for the children, families, and the nation. Social protection is increasingly being considered as part of the response to child poverty and vulnerability and child-sensitive social protection (CSSP) is a well-proven approach to help children and families coping with chronic poverty, vulnerability, and shocks. CSSP involves “Designing and implementing specific policies and programs that directly address children’s needs and rights and improve child development; as well as ensuring that all social protection programs are child-sensitive, by planning to maximize beneficial impacts and minimize any potential harms for children, girls and boys alike”]. CSSP, through social protection and complementary interventions, is a key investment in building human capabilities, reducing financial barriers that families face in using basic services, and in breaking intergenerational poverty traps.
Save the Children has been implementing a range of child-sensitive approaches for social protection in different countries. CSSP in Nepal encompasses child grants, scholarship programs, financial, transfer, super cereal distribution, midday meal, including others focusing on the poor, marginalized, and vulnerable families. As a result of the global COVID19 pandemic, the livelihood situation and living standards of the project intervention target groups have been worsened, with the children from those families becoming more vulnerable.
Recognizing the vulnerability of children and their families in the project intervention areas, Save the Children Nepal, under the CSSP project, is distributing the super cereal to around 4200 children under 5 years of age who are receiving child grant benefits from Dalit and poor families. Among these children, Save the Children Nepal would like to measure the weight of 1148 children across different project municipalities. This proposal has been developed and submitted by Nepal Public Health Research and Development Center (PHRD Nepal) expressing our interest to offer the consultancy service for carrying out the weight measurement.
1. Measure the weight of targeted children in the selected municipalities who were supported super cereal in December 2020. While measuring the weight of the children, make sure, the weight of the same children are measured. Verify the name of the children, date of birth, weight (using tared scale), caregiver.
2. Prepare a data set of baselines and end line.
Duration: April-July 2021
Study area: Jajarkot, Mahottari, Kavre and Dolakha districts