Healthy Parenthood Curriculum = Food Secure Future

The Healthy Parenthood Curriculum focuses on issues related to nutrition, reproductive health, family planning, and food security.

The Healthy Parenthood Curriculum focuses on issues related to nutrition, reproductive health, family planning, and food security.

OHR rolled out a new reproductive health and nutrition curriculum from May – July 2014 to microclinics in the Mfangano Health Net (MHN) Program. The Healthy Parenthood curriculum is a USAID Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program based on the RECH Study research results.

With 39 kanyakala groups, 500 participants, and nearly 30 Community Health Workers, our sessions were designed to provide knowledge about proven ways to improve nutrition (exclusive breastfeeding, appropriate complementary feeding, treatment of malnutrition), get community members talking about these important issues, and provide tools for family planning.

As we move out of the curriculum phase of the program, our groups will put their knowledge into action through food security planning. Kanyakala groups have submitted food security plans for activities they feel will help them to meet their food security needs, such as bee-keeping, poultry and dairy, among many others! In the coming months, we will review and refine these plans, and work with our farm team to provide them technical mentorship for the activities they choose.

EK Nutrition Counselor Florida Otieno leads a group in a food security activity.

EK Nutrition Counselor Florida Otieno leads a group in a food security activity.

Mfangano Health Net team leader Gor Benard debriefs with a CHW group.

Mfangano Health Net team leader Gor Benard debriefs with a CHW group.