Navigation Links
Government Assistance Linked to Better Child Development
Date:3/7/2008

Cash support to poor families boosted physical, mental scores, study finds

FRIDAY, March 7 (HealthDay News) -- Extra government financial support of poor families boosts children's physical and mental development, a U.S. study concludes.

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley found that children in low-income families in Mexico who received an extra amount of cash from a government-run conditional cash transfer program were taller, less likely to be overweight, and scored higher on motor, cognitive and language tests than children in families that received less money.

The findings were published in the March 8 issue of The Lancet.

Cash benefits in traditional welfare programs are based on a family's income or residence in a specific geographical area. Conditional cash transfer programs give money to low-income families if they meet specific requirements, such as making sure their children attend school or get vaccinated. Food and nutritional supplements are also included in some of these programs, according to background information in the study.

"Previous research has shown positive outcomes for child development from conditional cash transfer programs, but the general assumption, particularly from the public health perspective, was that the improvements were the result of the health and education components rather than the cash. This new study is the first to tease out the impact of the money from the other elements of the program." lead author Lia Fernald, assistant professor in public health nutrition at UC Berkeley's School of Public Health, said in a prepared statement.

Fernald and her colleagues didn't analyze exactly how the extra cash boosted child development but believe the additional money helped families buy more nutritious food or medicine, or perhaps purchase items for the home -- such as a refrigerator or a covering for a dirt floor -- that improve their lives.

"Even the purchase of additional books or toys for the children -- something we often take for granted in this country -- could help stimulate cognitive development," Fernald said.

"Also, the additional cash could have the psychological benefit of taking some of the pressure off the mothers. These are families who are at the bottom 20th percentile in Mexico for household income. When relieved of the constant worry about not providing enough food for their children, mothers may feel less depressed and may be better able to interact with their children."

In 1997, the Mexican government became the first to offer a conditional cash transfer program, which now includes more than 5 million families and has been replicated in more than 20 developing nations.

Last year, New York City launched the first conditional cash transfer program in a developing country. It's already distributed more than $740,000 to more than 1,400 families who've met specific criteria related to education, health, and workforce participation and training.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about child development.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: University of California, Berkeley, news release, March 6, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. GPhAs 2007 Annual Policy Conference Features Top Generic Industry CEOs; FDA, Government Officials; Wall Street Analysts
2. Bioniche Receives $2 Million Government Grant For Market Development Related to its E. coli O157:H7 Cattle Vaccine
3. Karen Vigil Named Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Blue Shield of Californias Individual, Small Group, and Government Business Unit
4. Canadas government funds $1.6M in modern geography to support public health decisions
5. AMERIGROUP Contracts with Federal Government to Offer Medicare Advantage Health Plans in Seven States
6. Cancer Doctors Across America Stunned at Governments Ruling Restricting Anemia Management Protocols for Cancer Patients, Call Ruling Interference in Practice of Medicine
7. UCLA to lead local study center in landmark government study of child health
8. Government of Madagascar and Coalition of Global Partners Launch Measles and Malaria Prevention Campaign
9. CHRI Receives Approval for Suining Chuan DAR Authentication Trademark From Chinese Government
10. Leading Oncologists from Across the Country Hold Emergency Meeting on New Government Reimbursement Policy for Medicare Patients with Cancer
11. Government restrictions on weight loss surgeries limit access for poor, underinsured patients
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Government  Assistance  Linked to Better Child Development
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... May 27, 2016 , ... Two director-level employees of ... Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) 2016 honorees. The award recognizes businesswomen who ... this year, Geri Boone, Director of the MLTSS (Managed Long-Term Services and Supports) Program ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... 27, 2016 , ... With over 60 percent of acute stroke survivors being ... product to aid in the rehabilitation process has steadily increased. Ekso Bionics had been ... hemiplegia due to stroke. , Ekso Bionics has now received clearance from the U.S. ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... May 27, 2016 , ... ... help educate the many who are unaware of the plight of aphasia. In ... run within the “Stroke Awareness” campaign. , The link between stroke and aphasia ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... , ... Aimed at nurses and employees in the health care world, this ... the nursing and health care industry. It also provides insight to the developing trends ... , As the nursing industry is coming out of one of the biggest recessions ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2016 , ... Despite last ... meeting, expect Janet Yellen and company to wait until March 2017 for an interest ... University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business. , “The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/27/2016)... Amarantus BioScience Holdings, Inc. (OTCQX: AMBS), ... Neurology and Orphan Diseases, today announced that President & CEO ... conferences: SeeThru Equity MicroCap Conference   ... City , NY When: Tuesday, May 31 st ... Where: Grand Hyatt Hotel, 109 East 42 nd ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... -- According to a new market report published ... Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2015 - ... valued at US$ 5.89 Bn in 2014 and is anticipated ... 2023 to reach US$ 7.99 Bn in 2023. ... free drug delivery devices and the market is estimated based ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... TARE (Transarterial Radio-embolization) Using ... and Overall Decreased Use of Hospital Resource ... specialist healthcare company, has today announced the publication ... of ISPOR (International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes ... using yttrium-90 glass microspheres is associated with cost ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: