Health workers are now trained to assess nutrition
Contributions from many generous supporters enabled us to launch the 'Mama and Pikin Welbodi Project' (meaning 'mother and child health project') in northern Sierra Leone last year. I’m happy to be able to bring new of the progress being made and share some encouraging messages from our team and partners.
The project is now helping to improve the health and nutrition of pregnant women and children under five in Bombali and Karene districts, by improving access to health and nutrition services for families in remote villages.
Despite navigating the challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic, this project has already started to support around 1,179 mothers and 1,267 children across hard-to-reach villages in Sierra Leone.
So far, by partnering with local communities, we’ve:
- Facilitated women’s group meetings to spark discussions on nutrition and health. The groups participated in radio programmes and helped to raise awareness of nutrition in their communities.
- Organised nutrition training for 15 Community Health Workers (CHWs), who are respected members of the community working with local health clinics in remote villages.
- Trained 58 health workers to support and supervise CHWs, and to reach out to communities to monitor and improve nutrition.
- Passed along 35 bicycles to CHWs so they can share their knowledge on nutrition with more families, and spot early signs of malnutrition.
We look forward to updating you further on the fantastic achievements of our team in Sierra Leone and our local community partners. Indeed, they would like to thank you for your support themselves. Please follow this link to view a short video message: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUkRvXbt3iw