UNICEF

Nutrition Intervention at Health Tutors College in support with UNICEF

Nutrition plays a crucial role in the socioeconomic development of any country. Malnutrition accounts for about 35% of deaths among children under 5 years old around the world.

Stunting, severe wasting, and intrauterine growth retardation are the major contributors to child mortality, accounting for about 2,000,000 deaths annually. Malnutrition is the major cause of morbidity for all age groups, accounting for 11% of the disease burden globally.
In addition, iron deficiency is the leading cause of maternal mortality, accounting for 20% of the estimated 536,000 deaths worldwide. About 43 percent of all deaths among children under 5 occur in Africa.
According to the Uganda Demographic and Household Survey (UDHS),19% of the Ugandan population was malnourished in 2006, and 38 % of children under 5 were stunted.
This prevalence means that about 2.3 million young children in Uganda today are chronically malnourished. In addition, 16 % of children under 5 are underweight while 6% are wasted, and 12 % of women are malnourished.
Trained college tutors, lecturer preceptors and Tutor students.Most importantly Nutrition for the targeted groups that is to say:

  • Infant/Young Child
  • Pregnant and Lactating women
  • School going children and Adolescents
  • Sick Children and Adults with HIV/AIDS and Diabetes
  • Elderly
Development of the Nutrition Integrated Tool
  • workshops to develop the Tool where carried out at the college.
  • Involved stakeholders participants and the beneficiaries
  • Uganda Nutrition Action Plan (UNAP) Goals
  • Applied Nutrition Research
  • Training of trainers
  • Validation and evaluation of the tool
Development of the Trainers Manual
  • The developed Trainers’ Manual is a very useful tool to standardize the Health Tutors’ teaching so as to deliver the same message regarding Nutrition training.
  • workshops to develop the Trainers Manual where carried out at the college.
  • Validation of the Trainers Manual
  • Pre-test was done up country, Lira Regional Referral hospital.

In a special way, we would like to acknowledge the support from the following: -

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