Malnutrition in Bangladesh remains a widespread problem, and the prevalence of acute malnutrition is one of the highest in the world. Improving infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices is one of the key interventions that can help to prevent malnutrition and stunting among the young children. Therefore Max Foundation, Bangladesh intents to train 22 field level project staffs (project coordinator, SRHR and Nutrition Officer and paramedics) in Patuakhali.
The objective was to complete the Training of Max WASH project staffs on Maternal and Child Nutrition using the GOB-approved training curriculum.
1. To prepare training materials
2. To finalize the training manual, schedule and other documents with Max Foundation team according to needs of the project.
3. To prepare necessary handout and presentation materials for the training.
4. To conduct a four-day long training on Maternal and Child Nutrition for Max Foundation project staff in Patuakhali.
Development of training curriculum
Training curriculum for this project was developed by adopting the GOB-approved training curriculum of IYCF and basic training nutrition manual. The training schedule, necessary handout and presentation materials for the training sessions were developed through consultation meetings with Max Foundation team. Govt. Job aid was used without any change. A questionnaire for pre and posttest was also developed to evaluate the knowledge of the participants. A four-day long residential training on Maternal and Child Nutrition was conducted for 22 field level project staffs of Max Foundation in SDA office of Patuakhali by 2 trained master trainers of BBF.
Strategies of the Training
1. Theoretical classes were held in easy local language use with explanation of facts on Child Health and Maternal Nutrition according to the training handouts.
2. Trainees got handouts of the presentation, reading materials on the training subjects.
3. Anthropometric equipments, doll and breast models were used for demonstration and field practices as needed.
4. Multimedia/projector was used to better understand by visualization and explanation of lessons.
5. Trainees had a pre-testing on the beginning day and a post test on end date in order to assess the knowledge and perception changes due to the present training.
6. One to one interaction and participatory methods applied in order to ensure active participation and interaction by the trainees.
7. Training was conducted by pre developed schedule.
Major areas or topics has been covered in 4 days training program:
This training has covered mainly-
1. Child Malnutrition and Stunting
2. Breastfeeding: Importance and benefits of timely initiation of breastfeeding (immediately or within one hour after delivery), Exclusive Breastfeeding (180 days) and no pre/post lacteals such as water, other liquids, and ritual foods.
3. Hazards of Breast Milk substitute: Risk for Formula Feeding for children, Mother and family.
4. Quality of complementary foods and appropriate feeding practices, in addition to continued breastfeeding at least upto 24 months or beyond ensuring amount, frequency, consistency, composition, and preparation.
5. Provide support for optimal Maternal Nutrition during pregnancy and lactation
6. Breast Milk Substitute Act- 2013
7. Food & Nutrition and Ensuring Family Food Security
8. Worm & Hygiene