A&T Bangladesh Urban Maternal Nutrition COVID Phone Survey 2020: Pregnant Women


This dataset is the result of the phone survey that was conducted to gather data for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and solutions in the context of an urban maternal infant, and young child nutrition (MIYCN) service delivery implementation research in Dhaka, Bangladesh. As a part of the impact evaluation study of the Alive & Thrive (A&T) interventions delivered through the Urban Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH) Services, the survey was also conducted in two non-governmental organizations (NGOs) – Radda and Marie Stopes. This existing data provides a unique opportunity for a pre- and post-assessment of the impacts of the pandemic on health and nutrition service delivery and exposure and document solutions as informed by urban health care providers and clients. A&T is a global initiative that supports the scaling up of nutrition interventions to save lives, prevent illnesses, and contribute to healthy growth and development through improved maternal nutrition, breastfeeding and complementary feeding practices. The main impact evaluation used a quasi-experimental design with repeated cross-sectional surveys at baseline and endline. This current study to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will use the sampling frame from the main impact evaluation, utilizing pre-existing contacts with healthcare providers and beneficiaries. The purpose of this study is to:
  1. Identify frontline or local management adaptations to health and nutrition service delivery, with a focus on positive adaptations
  2. Understand how COVID-19 affected households’ exposure to health and nutrition services, nutrition practices, food security, and other aspects
  3. Analyze adaptations to identify a range of feasible solutions that have the potential to strengthen delivery and uptake of essential health and nutrition interventions in the context of COVID-19 and beyond
We conducted the phone survey with the entire sample of Healthcare providers covered in the impact evaluation in the two NGOs – Radda and Marie Stopes. For mothers, the sampling frame was chosen from pregnant and lactating women interviewed during baseline. The survey took place in September 2020 by the team from International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), in collaboration with the survey firm, DATA (Data Management and Technical Assistance). The COVID phone survey comprised three questionnaires: 1) Frontline Worker, 2) Pregnant Women, and 3) Mothers. The pregnant women data captured modules for exposure to services and communication channels, food insecurity, nutrition practices, mental health, COVID knowledge and its influence.