The project has registered noticeable “quick wins,” especially in areas where national programs were nonexistent or lagging behind, such as improved crop yields thanks to subsidized seeds and fertilizers, malaria control through bed nets, and improved school enrollment with the help of school meal programs. Some successes stem from a combination of actions: improved yields, food security, diet diversity, and disease control have reduced stunting; and improved road networks, trained midwives, and new clinics have led to an increase in institutional deliveries.
Results across 11 Millennium Village sites at Year-3 include the following highlights:
- Malaria prevalence decreased by 72% (from 25% to 7%)
- Children sleeping under insecticide-treated mosquito nets increased by 629% (from 7% to 51%)
- Households with access to improved water increased by 300% (from 17% to 68%)
- Students benefitting from school meal programs increased by 188% (from 26% to 75%)
- Births delivered by skilled health personnel increased by 55% (from 31% to 48%)
- Across 6 sites, average maize yields increased from 1.3 t/ha to 4.6 t/ha
The project has also contributed to a number of broader policy learning and scale-up processes in agriculture, health, and infrastructure, reaching well beyond the geographic scope of the Millennium Villages themselves.