EAST CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN AFRICA HEALTH COMMUNITY PILOTS THE REGIONAL IN-SERVICE NUTRITION TRAINING PACKAGE FOR FRONT-LINE WORKERS
In recognition of the need to develop and enhance health workers’ knowledge and competencies on nutrition in the East Africa region, ECSA-HC with support from the World Bank has developed Nutrition training packages. The packages cater for both Community Based and Facility Based Health workers to ensure extensive coverage; effective implementation and scaling up of nutrition interventions. This is in response to Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development Goals (1,2,3 and 12).
The goal of developing the Comprehensive Regional In-Service Nutrition Training Packages is to elucidate to trainers and service providers the knowledge, practice, skills expected for competence in delivering essential nutrition interventions at health facilities and community level.
Recently ECSA-HC piloted these training packages, targeting health facility and community based workers from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The pilot was conducted in Nakuru County, Kenya attended by over 50 participants. The pilot facilitated as a training of country trainers, standardization of training packages for regional harmonization as well as for validating content, design and uptake of the packages.
The section topics covered in the curricula are informed by a review of existing regional literature, existing training packages and inputs from regional and in country consultative meetings. The packages have 5 Units that include: Maternal, infant and Child Nutrition; Nutrition Assessment, Management of Nutrition disorders; Nutrition in vulnerable circumstances. The chapters have been organized in a way that allows trainers to rapidly identify areas relevant to the trainees.
The next step is for ECSA-HC to facilitate the review and finalization followed by development of the adoption strategy and dissemination plans by the countries. The curricula will be shared on our ECSA-HC website. www.ecsahc.org.