UNICEF decides the aspect of care to be one determinant factor of children nutritional status. Realizing that there is a limited knowledge and skills among families about care resources and practices, it is very urgent to make efforts in improving care practices and analyze their effect on children nutritional status.
The objectives of the study are : (1) To develop care resources and care behaviors instruments, (2) To asses care resources and behavior of mother, cadre, and pre-married women, (3) To develop instructional materials and instrument of care empowerment, (4) To implement care empowerment intervention to mother, cadre, and pre-married women, and (5) To evaluate care empowerment intervention to children growth and development
This study conducted in West Java Province. Sample involves mothers and their children under three years old, divided into two experimental units and four groups ; each experimental unit consits two groups (poor and non poor family). About 20 village cadres and pre-married women also get intervention to support building capacity and the sustainability of activities. Research activities include collection of base-line and end-line data, development of instructional materials and research instrument, care intervention, and extention activity to cadre and pre-married women.