Mar 6, 2020

Health & Nutrition Education for Mothers Update

The Care Group (CG) strategy is a community-based approach to help improve the health nutrition status of mothers and young children. CGs enable members to become more aware of their challenges and become active participants in health behavior change. Feed the Children (FEED) organizes volunteer mothers into CGs and these mothers become leaders, known as Care Group Volunteers (CGVs). CGVs are trained on specific messages related health and nutrition practices and make a commitment to disseminate knowledge, skills, and practices with other mothers throughout their communities.

In November a new Care Group was created in the Diquini area. Training sessions for CGVs on Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) and peer-to-peer training continued in Carrefour. Supervision visits continued to strengthen the work CGs and coordination meetings were conducted to review achievement in relation to set objectives and plan upcoming activities.

To end the year, a plenary session was held in Bois Djoute Maracania on December 22 with participation from all current Care Groups, graduated mother leaders, neighbors, FEED staff and municipal leaders. The theme was “Let’s plan our lives on childbearing for women and children in order to stop malnutrition,” and was an opportunity for members to share lessons learned and discuss achievements. To encourage participation, everyone that attended received a water bottle. 

In January, after several community meetings, another Care Group was established in Maracania with mothers very motivated to participate in the program!  Ongoing training and monitoring activities continued along with recruitment of new CGVs in the upper Bizoton area. While the socio-political context of the area has slowed down the process, many women volunteered and 5 new CGV and neighbor women have already joined the program. The FEED team also distributed 10 image albums to the new care groups. These serve as a teaching tool, particularly for individuals that cannot read, for lessons with mother leaders and neighbor women. 

Since November, 81 CGVs received training on health and nutrition lessons from health promoters, 712 community women received lessons from CGVs and 3,144 children under the age of 5 benefited, along with their mothers.

Cenie is a 29-year-old wife and mother. She has a 5-year-old daughter named Schneidine and is carrying her second child. She is a local market vendor and her husband is a taxi driver. During her first pregnancy, she had very little knowledge of what she should be eating as an expecting mother. As a result, she was weak, sick and suffered, and gave birth to a malnourished child.”

Through CG training, Cenie learned how proper nourishment is essential for pregnant women and their babies. She learned what type of food she should be consuming and how women that eat well carry their children well and are not as vulnerable as before.

“Because of the problems I faced during my first pregnancy, I said it would be my last. I'd suffered too much. I used to say that witches are hurting me. I spent more time sick than being healthy during my pregnancy. When I found out I was pregnant for a second time I felt really sad. I thought the same thing was going to happen to me as in my first pregnancy. 

I could never forget the day my promoter taught me the lesson on diet for pregnant women. I remember five years ago that when I was pregnant for the first time my mother had forbidden me to eat this and that. All this confusion made me weak, sick, malnourished and I gave birth to a malnourished child. Now I've become a mother leader and it's a joy for me to carry my baby because things are not like before. I know everything about the diet of the pregnant woman. I have confidence that I will give birth to a healthy baby.

It's really a miracle to see how healthy and strong I have become thanks to the Care Group Program. I know what to eat and what I should not consume. The food groups that are related to me I know them well. I eat with peace. My body works well and now my system is very strong.”

Dec 9, 2019

Health & Nutrition Education for Mothers Updates

Training Session with CGVs
Training Session with CGVs

The Care Group (CG) strategy is a community-based approach to help improve the health nutrition status of mothers and young children.  CGs enable members to become more aware of their challenges and become active participants in health behavior change. Feed the Children (FEED) organizes volunteer mothers into CGs and these mothers become leaders, known as Care Group Volunteers (CGVs). CGVs are trained on specific messages related health and nutrition practices and make a commitment to disseminate knowledge, skills, and practices with other mothers throughout their communities.

Since July, FEED continued to host training sessions for CGVs on Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) practices and hosted meetings with community leaders to recruit new CGVs and initiate new CGs. Supervision visits continued to strengthen the work of the promoters and mother leaders, and coordination meetings were conducted to review progress, validate reports, and plan upcoming activities.

In August, FEED organized a training session for 30 CGVs in growth monitoring and promotion (GMP) and measuring children using brachial perimeter.  These trainings strengthened CGVs knowledge in health and nutrition and was followed by conducting evaluations of CGVs to identify their personal strengths and weaknesses and identify areas for improvement.

In addition to ongoing activities in September, FEED conducted its fourth micronutrients distribution campaign consisting of vitamin A, Albendazole, and prenatal vitamins.

In October, FEED staff and university students teamed up to conduct household surveys to monitor the results of program activities, promote local participation in identifying health priorities, and assess community health status.

The monthly coordination meeting with the field team was cancelled due to security concerns, but despite the political-social problems in the country, recruitment for new CGVs continued for the creation of new CGs.   

Since July, 96 CGVs received training on health and nutrition lessons from health promoters, 805 community women received lessons from CGVs and 3,776 children under the age of 5 benefited, along with their mothers.

 

Joanisse is a 40-year-old mother and wife raising 4 children - Ruang 21, Claudy 15, Kesnel 8, and Caline 2-months. She and her husband are both vendors in the market. She lives in a community with no access to drinking water and only one health center. Joanisse’s situation was very critical and her youngest daughter was not healthy because she did not know how to feed her properly and she did not understand the importance of exclusive breastfeeding. 

“For me I used to say that my life was meaningless and would hold on just for my kids. My situation was painful. My children were not healthy, especially my daughter, who would often get sick from day to day. There is one health center in the community where we live and the little care that is available is not enough. In spite of everything, the major problem was the poor health of my children especially my daughter.”

A month after giving birth she chose to feed her baby can milk. Despite all of the food she gave her, she noticed that she was not developing. She always had diarrhea and her health was unstable. Finally, she decided to explain her situation to a mother leader and accepted her advice to exclusively breastfeeding her baby. Now her baby’s health is getting much better. She is developing well and looks more like a 4-month old!

“I finally understand that ignorance can be very fatal. I never knew what to do to save my child’s life despite the love for them. This program changed my life and helps secure my children’s health. Now they are fine and my darling daughter is developing wonderfully. The whole community praises the program that continues saving lives.”

 

weight gain and brachial perimeter training
weight gain and brachial perimeter training
weight gain and brachial perimeter training
weight gain and brachial perimeter training
Joanisse
Joanisse
Sep 9, 2019

Health & Nutrition Education for Mothers Updates

Mother's Day celebration
Mother's Day celebration

The Care Group (CG) strategy is a community-based approach to health that empowers members to become more aware of their challenges and be active participants in health behavior change. Feed the Children (FEED) organizes volunteer mothers into CGs and these mothers become leaders, known as Care Group Volunteers (CGVs). They are trained on health and nutrition practices and make a commitment to replicate and share their new knowledge, skills, and practices with other mothers in their communities.

Since June, FEED continued to host training sessions for CGVs on Infant and Young Child Feeding and a large cooking demonstration for both CGVs and community members. FEED has observed increased dedication and motivation among CGVs and they have received encouragement from community leaders and husbands for their noble work! In addition to monthly supervision visits conducted to strengthen the work of CGVs, training and coordination meetings are conducted to review progress, validate reports, and plan the activities and training for the month.

On May 26, FEED staff celebrated Haiti Mother's Day with CGVs and women from the community. The day focused on the advantages of breastfeeding and included sketches and role playing activities, and all beneficiary mothers received a gift from FEED for the occasion!

Since June 85 CGVs received training on health and nutrition lessons from health promoters, 781 community women received lessons from CGVs and 3,648 children under the age of 5 benefited, along with their mothers.

Julienne is a 30-year-old mother, wife and vendor in the local market. She has 1 son, Dalensky, age 17-months. In the community where she lives, there is only one poorly equipped health center to serve the entire population and there is no drinking water. Before the implementation of the program in her community, she did not have any knowledge about the three food groups, balanced meals or the importance of breastfeeding and her son was often very sick.

“I feel very bad, I could say that I exist, but I do not live. My son Dalensky is often sick, this is my biggest problem. The health center in the area is not too equipped to provide necessary care. I do not have the financial means to take him to a private clinic. All this makes my situation worse.”

Through the CG trainings and lessons, she has acquired vital knowledge to take good care of her son and his health has improved. “I never imagined how I can feed my baby with the little I have. This program gives me knowledge and to me it is the most extraordinary of all others.”

Julienne & Dalensky
Julienne & Dalensky
community cooking demonstration
community cooking demonstration
 
WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.