Why should teen mothers be skilled in Maternal, Infant and Child Nutrition?


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The Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition Training Package provides basic nutrition training for community Health Workers (CHWs) and Facility Health Workers (FHWs) to prepare them to counsel adolescents, pregnant and breastfeeding women, and mothers and caregivers of children from birth through two years of age.

It’s not only that but also Other community workers are also possible to target audiences for this training because they can provide support and information to mothers, fathers, and other community members about nutrition and feeding infants and young children.

The training focuses on basic technical knowledge for the recommended essential nutrition actions, including maternal nutrition practices, breastfeeding, and complementary feeding practices for children from 0 up to 24 months, and hygiene.

The training also helps build counseling, problem-solving, and negotiation skills. Specifically for these kinds of training, there are also target objectives that we need to archive through the program. The learning objectives for the training are focused around (1) women’s nutrition; (2) exclusive breastfeeding from birth to six months; and (3) complementary feeding, with continued breastfeeding from six months through two years. Other important maternal, infant and young child health practices affect nutrition and health: feeding of sick infants and young children; hygiene, safe water, and compound sanitation; as well as kitchen gardening and small animal promotion.

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By the end of the training, participants were able to:

  • Explain why maternal nutrition is important to the health and nutrition of a baby.
  • Explain why maternal, infant, and young child nutrition practices are important.
  • Describe recommended feeding practices through the first two years.
  • Describe how to position and attach a baby to the breast.
  • Identify ways to prevent and resolve common breastfeeding difficulties.
  • Describe various aspects of appropriate complementary feeding from 6–24 months of age.
  • Describe practices for feeding a sick child.
  • Use basic behavior change and negotiation skills to support the adoption of key practices by mothers, fathers, mothers-in-law, and other caregivers.
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You may be asking yourself the target audience for this training? This training is intended for community volunteers who will interact with pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, fathers, and other caregivers of adolescents, infants, and young children.

The facilitator should be maternal, infant, and young child expert with community-based experience and skills in facilitating the training of community workers.


Our Training Structure: The Facilitator Guide includes 14 sessions, divided between 2 days training, with exercises ranging from 10 minutes to 20 minutes each. The Facilitator Guide is for the facilitator to use as guidance during preparing and execute the training. It is not intended to be given to participants. Training Aids are only for the facilitator to use during training.

The following methods are used during the training and easily the comprehension of key messages on all topics covered in 2 days:

Interactive presentations: The trainer will use the PPT slides in the presentations and the trainees seize as well an occasion to get more clarifications. At the end of the sessions, the used handouts will be shared with the participants.

Brainstorming: The trainees themselves will be granted an opportunity to think more freely, without fear of judgment. This will encourage open and ongoing collaboration to solve problems and generate innovative ideas and the trainees should generate a large number of ideas quickly, which will finally refine and merged to create the ideal solution with the support of their facilitator.

Group works: With respect to COVID-19 prevention measures such as practicing physical distancing, wearing facial masks, and use of sanitizers when in need; on some topics, the trainees will be involved in working collaboratively on set tasks and one member from each group present their findings to the audience.

Observation: The trainer would bring some didactic materials for clarifying and helping the participants to capture easily the topic.

Plenary discussions: After each session, all the trainees and trainers were involved actively and deeply in discussions and facilitated by the trainer.

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Sharing experiences: As the participants are based in different areas of operations with diversified contexts; they will accompany all presentations and discussions with exposing the different scenarios in relation to the topics in order to deepen them more and learn from each other.

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Normally we do a Post-Training Follow Up; The desired outcome of the Maternal, Infant, and Young Child Nutrition Training is the application of new knowledge and skills. Participants’ new knowledge can be measured immediately through the pre/post-assessments built into the training.

Post-training follow up allows program Staff to determine what skills have been acquired, the need for reinforcement of specific participant’s knowledge and skills, and the need for additional on-the-job training or other refresher training.

Quick guide

  • Location:

    Rwamagana
  • Working hours:

    Mon-Fri: 8 AM to 5 PM
  • Contact us on :

     (+250) 789082869
     info@mfurafoundation.org






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