Author: Renfu Luo, Alexis Medina, Grant Miller, Scott Rozelle, Yaojiang Shi, Linxiu Zhang and Huiping Zhang
Full Citation: Luo, R., Medina, A., Miller, G., Rozelle, S., Shi, Y., Zhang, L., and Zhang, H. (2012). Changing Behavior and Nutrition through Health Education in China: Evidence from three randomized evaluations. Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab.
Overview: Abstract: This article studies whether or not health education programs targeting childhood anemia are sufficient for changing health behavior and nutrition in rural China. We conducted three different randomized-controlled trials of single and multiple face-to-face education sessions with parents and distributed written health education materials—and compare our results with a simple vitamin distribution program.
Findings: Across all three studies, we find little evidence of changes in blood hemoglobin concentration or anemia status. In contrast, in our two studies that also examined a multivitamin supplementation intervention, we find meaningful reductions in anemia.