Nutrition family community


Jibon-o-Iibika (Life and Livelihoods) is a multiple partner programme operating in the southern central region of  Bangladesh since 2005. The programme aims to increase household food availability and access, enhance child  and maternal health and nutrition, and improve community disaster preparedness.  These teaching and learning materials have been developed specifically for community health volunteers (CHVs),  local NGO staff, and Helen Keller International and Save the Children field-based staff to facilitate integrated  health and nutrition education. The materials are appropriate for 'courtyard sessions' with mothers and other  community members.  The materials here focus on four main areas:
(1) Health-promoting practices: Activities that encourage all community and household members to take responsibility for their wellbeing. Participants examine their daily practices and social relations and  suggest how to strengthen or change them in order to improve health for all.
(2) Food and nutrition: Participants expand their understanding of nutrition in order to boost their immune systems. They look at how to prevent nutrition-related diseases and conditions. Sessions include questioning unequal access to foods.
(3) Maternal and child health: Mothers are the main care-givers and need support when they take responsibility for the well-being of their babies and children. Activities focus on breastteeding and complementary feeding.
(4) Prevention of childhood diseases: Participants learn about the immune system and prevention of common childhood diseases and sicknesses.
The final section offers a collection of easy-to-run energising games that encourage participants to work together, liven up sessions and make them more enjoyable. This book of activities comes with sets of cards showing different kinds of foods. The toolkit is primarily for health volunteers and local NGO field agents working with and in communities. It assumes that field agents are experienced facilitators who believe in and are committed to a participatory way of working with communities. The activities build on local experience and affirm local knowledge and skills. However, conventions and taboos sometimes need to be questioned and challenged. In this light, field agents might find themselves questioning and challenging their own beliefs. This often occurs when the rights of women and children are being explored.

Date and language
Dec 2010
Agris Subject Categories: 
Human nutrition - General aspects
Physical Location: 
FPMU Documentation Center
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