by Martha Vega
GlobalHealthHub.org, September 19, 2016
Over a 7-year period, Peru managed to reduce the rate of children with stunted mental and physical development by tackling chronic malnourishment. The country uses a cash incentive program for households in poverty. To receive a US$ 30-per-month stipend, parents must obtain pre- and post-natal care and have children vaccinated. Families also received supplements like folic acid, iron, and vitamin A. Peru’s success indicates the power of direct investment as a way to modify behaviour, and its method could provide a model for other nations.