In 2014 a survey found that a quarter of children under 5 in western Kenya were stunted. Stunting creates lifelong, chronic health issues and worse mental development. Better nutrition can help avoid stunting, but can be a struggle for families that are already lacking money, resources and access to support.
What if there was a way to empower families by improving a simple resource that they already have?
In the first episode of season 3 of The Boma, we visit Siaya County with researcher Elkanah Otiang and his colleagues from the Kenya Medical Research Institute. In rural communities, chickens are a small but ubiquitous livestock. What benefits do they provide to families - and children's health? Could we tackle stunting and undernutrition in children - by targeting interventions at chickens?
Animal health and gender researcher Zoe Campbell, a co-author of the study, also knows that health interventions can affect girls differently from boys. She joins us to explain what they found.