Complementary feeding Cooking Demonstration
The project was designed to support the reduction of maternal mortality rate in Timor-Leste. With the support of Global Giving has promoted Safe motherhood and Infant and Young Child Feeding practices program at Oecusse referral hospital and 8 villages in Oecusse Districts.
This report will reflect 3 months project implementation in Oecusse district. There are several progress results that have been undertaking from June – August 2014 such as:
Breastfeeding counseling and information dissemination in health facility
The information that was given to the new mothers and their families about the importance of colostrum’s for newborn baby, good positioning and attachment of breastfeeding which can help newborn to get enough breast milk. Moreover, the hospital liaison officer also still reinforces Information to the mothers and families regarding the benefits of breastfeeding and breast milk to mothers and families. At Oecusse referral Hospital the staff has been supporting skin-to-skin contact for 67 babies, including helping both mother and baby with first initiation of breastfeeding. In addition, 77 breastfeeding mothers, and 88 family members have received counseling and information about exclusive breastfeeding and postpartum information.
A mother from remote area given birth at Oecusse referral hospital said that “in facts, it is great to delivery at health facilities, because we have assistance from midwife to clean-up us, rather than delivery at home, because we are the one who should clean ourselves and also we can receive clothes for babies and ourselves from Alola Foundation with more information about how to feed my baby with my breast milk”
Monthly Community Discussion Forum in community level
The topics discussed in the community forum for the second three months have been done in 8 respective villages are safe delivery and breastfeeding as well as hygiene and nutrition and so on. Moreover, they also discussed about having regular Ante Natal care to the health facility as well as encourage and ensure pregnant women to take iron tablet. The beneficiaries for Monthly Community Discussion Forum are at community general in respective village that occurred once a month. 68 of pregnant mother, 113 of pregnant mother and 189 community members such as husband, grandmother were participated in the community discussion forum
Cooking complementary foods demonstration at community level
The objective of the cooking demonstrations is to show parents how to prepare adequate complementary foods for children aged 6-24 months. This activity is led by community based groups members and the Maternal Child Health program Field Officer. Mothers are given information about commencing complementary foods at six months of age, starting with a small amount of food and gradually increasing as the child gets older, while continuing breastfeeding until two years of age or beyond. The community based groups members encourage mothers to feed their children with a variety of foods that are available in their village/hamlet. 389 of children participated with their parents at the Food complementary Feeding Cooking demonstrations. we do a interview with some community member regarding the activties abouve and the result is interesting beacsue they had learn more information from the acivities. one of community member said:
“Every day, we usually just cook porridge alone and gave to our children. This is why; when we were going to take our children to weight at the mobile clinic program they got up very slow growth chart. But with Food complementary feeding Cooking demonstrations we can see directly on how to prepare the appropriate food for our children”
The result thus underlines the unique importance of trained community caring for women during pregnancy and the early postnatal period.
Thanks to all donor and suporter your contirbuiton will made those changes.
Community Base Discussion on IYCF in village