| Nov 23, 2023
Preparing for the training
The hard-working team of Karen women coordinating the Health training have been able to successfully provide training sessions and distribute 575 Baby Kits in 7 Districts and one IDP (displacement) camp in Karen state, Myanmar in the last six months.
Among the newborn babies, 304 were female and 271 were male.
Whenever there was opportunity to visit communities safely the community co-ordinators called small groups of women together and did home visits to provide health information.
The main topics covered are:
• Nutrition for mother, baby and family
• Hygiene for mother, baby and family
• Good health and support for women during Pregnancy, Delivery, and Maternity.
Understanding nutrition is particularly valued by the mothers. Many participants reported that they typically consumed only one food group per meal. Sometimes this was due to a lack of food, but sometimes even when more food is available, there is a lack of knowledge about good nutrition especially for pregnant and lactating women.
Many women reported that the training and the baby kits are beneficial not only for babies but for the entire family because the kit made them feel happy to get some practical support while they live in such troubled times.
A 27-year-old mother said:
“This helped me gain valuable knowledge about personal hygiene, nutrition for pregnant women, babies, and maternity. The training was beneficial and encouraged all pregnant women to go to the clinic if possible.”
A 43-year-old mother said:
“In the past, I believed that preparing baby clothes before delivery was not essential, but now I changed my belief, and I understand that being ready and prepared in advance will benefit my newborn.”