IYCF Remote Counseling: How to support caregivers during infectious disease outbreaks and other settings

To meet an identified gap in the delivery of IYCF (Infact and Young Child Feeding) services during COVID-19, the IYCF Remote Counseling eLearning course builds on the skills IYCF counselors already possess, and translates them to remote delivery. Remote counseling presents unique challenges, and this course—through audio- and scenario-based exercises, knowledge checks, and learner self-reflection—will strengthen learners’ abilities to positively impact the behaviors of mothers and caregivers from a distance. This course also provides additional considerations for IYCF counseling in specific remote settings, including infectious disease outbreaks, conflict areas, and during migration or displacement events.

This course is designed for practitioners already trained in IYCF counseling, and is not a general introduction to the topic. If you are not a skilled IYCF counselor, you should first receive training in IYCF counseling before taking this course.

By the end of this eLearning course, participants will be able to:

  1. Prepare for a remote counseling session
  2. Assess the feeding situation when not in person
  3. Analyze whether there are any feeding challenges when not in person
  4. Act to address feeding challenges remotely

This self-directed, online eLearning course should take approximately one hour to complete, is accessible on desktop or mobile, and requires an internet connection.

This eLearning course is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility of READY and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government. Led by Save the Children, the READY initiative is implemented in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health, the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, UK-Med, and the Humanitarian Leadership Academy. READY is augmenting global capacity for non-governmental organizations to respond to large-scale infectious disease outbreaks.

How to register

IYCF Remote Counseling is available on Kaya Connect, a free humanitarian learning platform.

To register for this course, create a free account at https://kayaconnect.org/