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Community Health Workers are trained to:

  • Define nutrition and malnutrition.
  • Describe the components of a balanced diet.
  • Identify signs and symptoms of iron deficiency, vitamin A deficiency, and iodine deficiency in children and pregnant women.
  • Identify main causes of malnutrition, especially in children ages 0-5 years.
  • Identify signs and symptoms of various forms of malnutrition, including Marasmus and Kwashiorkor.
  • Counsel families about proper nutrition for infants, children, and pregnant women.
  • Administer micronutrient powders and explain the benefits of micronutrient powders to parents and caregivers.
  • Counsel mothers, parents, and caregivers about the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for infants aged 0-6 months.
  • Teach pregnant women how to breastfeed properly and support them in adopting the essential behavior of exclusive breastfeeding for infants aged 0-6 months.
  • Teach mothers, parents and caregivers about proper complimentary feeding techniques for infants aged 6-9 months, 9-11 months and 12-24 months.
  • Help pregnant women and mothers to adopt essential healthy behaviors that can prevent malnutrition, including eating well during pregnancy, exclusive breastfeeding, and proper complimentary feeding.
  • Counsel parents and caregivers on the proper use of Ready to Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTF).
  • Screen for malnutrition in infants and children ages 0-5 using weighing scales, length/height boards, and MUAC (Mid-Upper Arm Circumference) measuring tapes and refer cases of severe malnutrition to the health center