Maternal knowledge, wellbeing & child health: Evidence from the Indian slums

Last registered on January 09, 2022

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Maternal knowledge, wellbeing & child health: Evidence from the Indian slums
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0008598
Initial registration date
January 07, 2022

Initial registration date is when the trial was registered.

It corresponds to when the registration was submitted to the Registry to be reviewed for publication.

First published
January 09, 2022, 10:57 AM EST

First published corresponds to when the trial was first made public on the Registry after being reviewed.

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Primary Investigator

Affiliation
Department of Economic Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode
PI Affiliation
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Additional Trial Information

Status
On going
Start date
2021-09-01
End date
2024-12-31
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Abstract
There has been a rise in incidence of malnutrition in India between 2018 and 2019 (Vir & Suri, 2020). The pandemic has made matters worse, putting those already vulnerable at most risk. The main objective of this project is to understand whether raising awareness among mothers (the primary caregiver) can help improve the health and wellbeing of both the mothers as well as their young children. Moreover, since mothers are primarily responsible for child care, we also plan to see if improving mental health and wellbeing of mothers have an added effect.
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Registration Citation

Citation
Lalji, Chitwan, Debayan Pakrashi and Sounak Thakur. 2022. "Maternal knowledge, wellbeing & child health: Evidence from the Indian slums." AEA RCT Registry. January 09. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.8598
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Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
The proposed project will raise awareness among mothers (the primary caregiver) about how to improve their health and wellbeing as well as that of their young children. Moreover, since mothers are primarily responsible for childcare, we will also provide them with an additional support so as to improve the growth and overall development of the children.
Intervention Start Date
2021-11-01
Intervention End Date
2022-04-30

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
awareness, maternal and child health, dietary quality, food security, overall growth and wellbeing indicators.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
The proposed research will focus on about 1,200 mother-child pairs (one pair from each household) randomly selected from 60 slums residing in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Randomization will be done at the slum-level. Mothers will be aged 15-49 years and their children will be below the age of five.

The sample will be randomly assigned to two treatments and one control group. The design of the experiment will be as follows: the first treatment will be the information intervention while the second treatment will be the information and wellbeing intervention. The rest of the sample (one-third of the total) will be in the control group and will not receive any intervention.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization will be done using a computer and STATA.
Randomization Unit
Randomization will be done at the slum level.
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
60 slums.
Sample size: planned number of observations
About 1,200 women and their children.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
About 20 slums and 400 mother-child pair per treatment/control arm.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
IRB Approval Date
2021-09-02
IRB Approval Number
IITK/IEC/2021-22/I/13
IRB Name
Institutional Review Board at IIM Kozhikode
IRB Approval Date
2021-09-22
IRB Approval Number
IRB/43/03092021