Improving Nutrition and Health in Chitipa District: Nutrition Promoters Trained for a Brighter Future
With a mission to enhance the well-being of under-five children, pregnant women, and lactating mothers in Chitipa district, Lusubilo Community Care with financial support from the Mathile Family Foundation is implementing an Agriculture and Nutrition Integration (ANI) project. This initiative, which has its focus on both preventive and curative measures, aims to make a lasting impact on the community.
On 30th October, 2023, a significant milestone was achieved as a three-day training was conducted for key Nutrition Promoters in TA Mwenewenya. Promoters are the key people who help in dissemination of nutrition messages as well as food preparation trainings including cooking demonstrations. They have been trained in 4 modules recommended by Ministry of Health to teach the entire community. These modules are; Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), 6 Food Groups, Maternal Health and Complimentary Feeding. The Promoters also received training on promoting the use of energy cooking stoves, thereby contributing to sustainable and efficient cooking practices.
A total of 18 Nutrition Promoters, comprising 10 men and 8 women from various Community Based Organizations (CBOs) in Chisenga and Wenya have undergone this intensive training. The ripple effect of their knowledge will extend beyond direct community education. They will in turn train cluster leaders, who will continue to use these nutrition modules in various settings, including Village Nutrition Corners (VNCs), Supplementary Feeding Programs (SFPs), and within households.
With these efforts, the ANI project envisions a healthier and more nourished future for the residents of Chitipa district. The Mathile Family Foundation’s support and Lusubilo Community Care’s commitment to the cause, promise to make a significant difference in the lives of underprivileged communities.
By Communication Office