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Engaging Grandmothers: A Manual and Guide to Improve Nutrition for Dialogue Group Mentors

Authors:
Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN) Project | USAID
Year Published:
2011
Resource Type:
Tools & Manuals | Trainings and Workshops
Language:
English

This resource contains two documents:

1. Engaging Grandmothers to Improve Nutrition: A Training Manual for Dialogue Group Mentors

This manual was prepared by the Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN) Project to train grandmothers to serve as dialogue group mentors. Mentor grandmothers facilitate discussions with their peers to enhance maternal and child health practices. This project is being carried out in partnership with USAID’s APHIAPlus project, also implemented by PATH.

This manual is designed to provide mentors of grandmother dialogue groups with the information and techniques they need to encourage discussions on family care and optimal infant and young child feeding. Grandmothers play a pivotal role in advising mothers and families on how to raise young children and care for pregnant women, however their advice may not always lead to positive health outcomes. Therefore, it is critical that grandmothers have the best health and feeding information for the optimal growth of infants and care for pregnant women, and are provided with a forum for discussion.

The manual provides step-by-step guidance to facilitate a three-day training workshop that uses group activities, focused discussions, brainstorming, and role-playing to introduce issues such as breastfeeding, complementary feeding, and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, as well as facilitation skills and practice. These issues are discussed in the context of existing cultural and environmental conditions including prevailing gender roles, familial relationships, barriers to accessing quality health care, and other social norms and practices. It is expected that after the end of the training session grandmothers will be more informed about best health practices and will be able to more successfully engage the mother, child, and father toward better feeding and care practices. Moreover, we hope that grandmothers will take an even greater leadership position to support health and feeding practices throughout the community.

2. Engaging Grandmothers to Improve Nutrition: A Guide for Dialogue Group Members

This guide was prepared by the Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN) Project to support grandmother dialogue group mentors who have been trained to facilitate dialogue group meetings with their peers. Mentor grandmothers facilitate discussions to enhance maternal and child health practices. Grandmothers play a pivotal role in advising mothers and families on how to raise young children and care for pregnant women, Therefore, it is critical that grandmothers have the best health and feeding information for the optimal growth of infants and care for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, and are provided with a forum for discussion.

This guide is designed to provide dialogue group mentors with key questions to encourage lively discussions around issues such as breastfeeding, complementary feeding, and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and encourage reflection, support, and experience sharing.

This guide was inspired by the influential work of Dr. Judi Aubel, the founder and executive director of The Grandmother Project, a nonprofit international development organization that aims to improve the health and well-being of women and children.