Adolescence is a critical period in the lives of young people and potentially a time to reap lasting benefits from interventions that improve general, sexual, nutritional, and maternal and child health. The government of Zambia is committed to improving the nutritional status of adolescents and pregnant women and their children. Nonetheless, adolescent girls in Zambia remain at risk for macro- and micro-nutrient deficiencies that have deleterious effects on growth, development, and maternal and child health. The Adolescent Girls Empowerment Program (AGEP) nutritional curriculum, developed in partnership with PATH, was tailored to provide age-appropriate information and covered six sessions on nutrition. This brief summarizes the impact of the nutrition curriculum on nutrition outcomes of adolescents and their children one year after the AGEP program ended. The results of this rigorous randomized evaluation indicate that the AGEP nutrition training component with context-relevant participatory and interactive educational sessions did not improve adolescent or child nutritional outcomes.
Hewett, Paul C., Amanda L. Willig, Jean Digitale, Erica Soler-Hampejsek, Natalie Jackson Hachonda, Jere R. Behrman, and Karen Austrian. 2018. "Adolescent Girls Empowerment Program (AGEP): Nutrition," brief. Lusaka: Population Council.
Adolescent Girls Empowerment Program