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Model Family Nutrition Project: Project Progress Report


The Krusa Kumru Lól project is working towards improving overall child health by reducing malnutrition in children under five years in the Chhlong Operational District (Chhlong OD). In addition to promoting improved breastfeeding and weaning practices to mothers through Village Health Volunteer (VHV) led health education, the Program is also implementing two different approaches to improved nutrition at the community level: i) education alone, in all Health Center (HC) catchments areas and ii) education plus implementation of the “Hearth” model, a pilot nutrition intervention in four HC catchments areas. In the Hearth model, a positive deviance study is conducted at the village level, followed by growth monitoring in children and a Nutrition Education and Rehabilitation Project (NERP). The community is assisted in preparation and feeding of nutritious supplementary meals to malnourished children using locally available, affordable food sources. NERPs are accompanied by growth monitoring and intensive education of mothers. Hearth interventions are being conducted in 12 villages with the greatest need. Hearth villages participate in this intensive nutrition program for nine months to one year. Health Center staff participates in Hearth activities and supervise VHVs in all educational activities. Through this process, Health Center staff is trained on nutrition health education.


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