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Maintaining Momentum to 2015? An impact evaluation of interventions to improve maternal and child health and nutrition in Bangladesh


  • Howard White

    (Operations Evaluation Department, World Bank)

  • Edoardo Masset

    (Operations Evaluation Department, World Bank)

  • Nina Blondal

    (Operations Evaluation Department, World Bank)

  • Hugh Waddington

    (Operations Evaluation Department, World Bank)


Bangladesh has experienced rapid fertility decline and reductions in under-five mortality over the last three decades. This impact study unravels the various factors behind these changes. Economic growth has been important, but so have major public sector interventions, notably reproductive health and immunization, supported by external assistance from the World Bank and other agencies. By contrast, nutrition began to improve only in the 1990s and remains high. The Bangladesh Integrated Nutrition Program (BINP) has played a small role, if any, in this progress, which is mainly attributable to higher agricultural productivity.

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  • Howard White & Edoardo Masset & Nina Blondal & Hugh Waddington, 2005. "Maintaining Momentum to 2015? An impact evaluation of interventions to improve maternal and child health and nutrition in Bangladesh," Development and Comp Systems 0510004, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpdc:0510004
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    1. Yogo, Urbain Thierry & Mallaye, Douzounet, 2012. "Health Aid and Health Improvement in Sub Saharan Africa," MPRA Paper 44938, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Bangladesh; mortality; fertility; nutrition; health; population;

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    • O - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth
    • P - Economic Systems

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