Guinea Pigs for Nutrition

This solution addresses Malnutrition in Central Africa for malnourished children health education protein nutrition maternal

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Problem Description

A Program Coordinator at The Center on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M University (condev.org), Gavin Finnegan (condev.org/gavin-finnegan), was working in the conflict-affected Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where he was constantly surrounded by malnourished children. He decided to leverage the culturally acceptable, sustainable solution of teaching mothers with malnourished children to raise guinea pigs as a food source. Unlike other sources of protein (cows and other animals can be stolen by rebel groups and others), guinea pigs are more conflict-resistant. Since he was residing at a hospital in the area, Gavin was able to target the program at mothers with children who were being treated for malnourishment; the mothers were provided with a guinea pig and educational materials to raise the animals. Gavin later recruited a veterinary student from L'Université Catholique du Graben (UCG)--a partner of ConDev--to provide guidance as well and increase sustainability.

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Story

For more information, please contact Program Coordinator Gavin Finnegan at gavin.finnegan@gmail.com.

Resource

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Sustainable Development Goals

On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. This solution covers the following goals:

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Social Progress Index

  • Nutrition and Basic Medical Care - Do people have enough food to eat and are they receiving basic medical care?
  • Access to Basic Knowledge - Do people have the educational foundations to improve their lives?
  • Ecosystem Sustainability - Is this society using its resources so they will be available to future generations?
  • Health and Wellness - Do people live long and healthy lives?
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    Resources

    Contributed By

    • Gavin Finnegan, The Center on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M University

    Solution Stage

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    STAGE SPECIALIST SKILLS REQUIRED EXAMPLE ACTIVITIES RISK LEVEL AND HANDLING FINANCE REQUIRED KINDS OF EVIDENCE GENERATED GOAL
    Developing and implementing5
    Strong leadership, management, implementation skills
    • Policy design
    • Programme design
    • Business modelling
    • Organisational design
    • Prepare for some adaptation to implementation
    MEDIUM
    • Programme funds, equity, loans, grants
    HIGH
    A robust and detailed case developed through formal evaluation and evidence gathering – use of a control group to isolate impact
    An implemented and sustainable innovation

    Key Details

    Social Progress Index
    Nutrition and Basic Medical CareAccess to Basic KnowledgeEcosystem SustainabilityHealth and Wellness
    Sustainable Development Goals
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