Seminar

Carol Newman (Trinity College Dublin): Information delivery, nutrition and HIV treatment

Nutrition is a crucial component for individuals living with HIV and AIDS. This paper investigates whether the medium of delivery of nutrition information determines the extent of behavioral change among vulnerable groups. We present the results of a randomized controlled trial designed to test the impact of two interventions that aim to inform women living with HIV on how to fulfill their nutritional needs in a sustainable way.

Organisator Environmental Economics and Natural Resources
Datum

di 9 april 2019 12:30 tot 13:30

Locatie Leeuwenborch, gebouwnummer 201
Hollandseweg 1
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6706 KN Wageningen
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Evidence from a randomized field experiment on women living with HIV in Uganda

Nutrition is a crucial component for individuals living with HIV and AIDS. This paper investigates whether the medium of delivery of nutrition information determines the  extent of behavioral change among vulnerable groups. We present the results of a randomized controlled trial designed to test the impact of two interventions that aim to inform women living with HIV on how to fulfill their nutritional needs in a sustainable way. The first intervention arm is a standard nutritional information campaign involving the distribution of posters and flyers at HIV clinics in Uganda. The second intervention arm consists of the basic information campaign and a cookery demonstration on how to produce locally sourced home-made nutritious food. We find that the provision of basic information improves the fat and protein intake and health of women but has limited impact on other welfare outcomes. In contrast, participation in the cookery campaigns has statistically significant effects on micronutrients intake. It also positively affects female labor supply, incomes and children’s school attendance. Our results shed light on the extent to which the means through which nutrition information is communicated matters for impact.

Key Words: Nutrition, HIV, Information campaign, Cookery demonstrations, Uganda,
Randomized Controlled Trial