This training manual is for field staff working in the camps along the Thailand/Myanmar border (Nutrition Officers and Camp-based workers). However, it can be used by staff working along the border, outside of camps. The materials are relevant for both settings and the terminology can be easily adapted. The manual focuses on Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF), maternal nutrition and on measuring nutrition/malnutrition. There are 12 modules.
The purpose of the training is to help staff identify, understand and respond to nutrition and malnutrition conditions in the different camps. The training will give Participants facts about nutrition science and nutrition programs to improve their work and improve nutritional status in their communities.
For example, they will be able to:
o Explain key public health nutrition facts
o Use this information to understand nutrition for mothers and children in the community
o Conduct better nutrition activities for women and children especially focusing on the internationally accepted Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) as well as specific maternal nutrition programs
o Describe the UNICEF nutrition framework
o Explain the role of nutrition in good health
o Describe key Food facts, for example:
- Micro and macro nutrients, six basic micronutrients, three basic food groups and functions, balanced diet and food resources
o Describe food sanitation rules, foodborne disease, food safety and unhygienic food, prevention practices and personal hygiene
o Describe child growth and development and needed nutrition activities (using growth chart and nutrition education)
o Describe causes and types of malnutrition using the UNICEF framework: immediate, underlying and basic causes for individuals, households and communities o Describe the Infection-Malnutrition Cycle
o Use basic anthropometry (body measurements) and individual nutrition information to measure and understand nutrition situation in the camps
o Describe types of feeding programs (humanitarian responses, food assistance, supplementary feeding, therapeutic feeding programs, case management and referral systems) o Describe correct Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) nutrition including importance, breastfeeding, complementary feeding and care
o Describe good maternal nutrition - nutrition during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for general health