Nutrition Education & Counseling

Nutrition Education & Counseling

Target Start Date: January 01, 2011
Location: Kabale, Uganda
$6,200 total cost
$5,766 still required

Project Description:

Approximately 3000 people from the participating communities will take part in comprehensive and locally facilitated 2-day workshops on nutrition education in the context of infant/child health and food security. Nutrition education and diet diversification training workshops are essential in this area to bring the teachings from nutrition rehabilitation centres to the community level and ensure diversification of the diet amongst the entire beneficiary population. Participants will learn about the specific needs and requirements of child nutrition versus adult nutrition, and as well, receive training and support about income management and savings for purchasing food between harvests to improve overall food security in the region.

Health educational workshops are also essential here as many community members are unaware of the symptoms of common diseases, and fail to practice health promotion measures for prevention. Many people have been given mosquito nets by the Ugandan government, yet lack the knowledge necessary to properly use them. Many children suffer from respiratory diseases as a result of playing around open fire and smoke filled kitchen stoves. Similarly, many care-givers are lacking awareness of detecting signs of malnutrition, which often delays essential medical attention. Thus, the nutritional counseling and health education workshops will prove important for expanding the tools of Ugandan people to better manage and alleviate malnutrition and poverty amongst their children.

Regional Context & Challenges:

The combination of civil strife and the HIV/AIDS pandemic has created many challenges for Ugandans, including extreme poverty, malnutrition and agricultural loss. Many children have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS, and thus taken in by extended family members – mostly single mothers and grandmothers who are already managing large house-holds. These caregivers, particularly women headed-households, often lack access to land and agricultural resources, and subsequently produce poor harvests lacking in diversity and nutritional content. Many people are also lacking in knowledge of the importance of diet diversification and the specific nutritional requirements of young infants and children.

Our Partners:

KIHEFO (Kigezi Healthcare Foundation) has been promoting community development projects in the Kabale region of Uganda for over ten years.
Many of their programs have been implemented to better support HIV/AIDS positive families through comprehensive emotional, social and nutritional counseling.

Budget:

Our Goal through UEnd is to finance 10 of the 84 workshops being given as part of this project ($620 each) for a total of $6200.

 

Update from the field: August 2012


In the spring of 2012, seventeen participants on CFCA’s Medical / Dental Brigade to Uganda (including 2 physicians, 4 dentists, 5 hygienists, 2 dental assistants and 5 volunteers) departed Canada to arrive in Kabale, southwestern Uganda to volunteer their health services to rural populations.


This was CFCA’s first health brigade to Africa, after having organized over a dozen to Latin American countries including Nicaragua and Peru over the past 10 years. Working in conjunction with Kindness in Action – another Alberta-based charity focusing on dental health brigades, Change for Children sends annual dental/medical brigades to one or more of our partner organizations in a developing country. This has been a very rewarding partnership that has brought great relief and extensive services to our beneficiary communities in the south.

CFCA’s partner in Uganda, the Kigezi Healthcare Foundation or KIHEFO was an excellent host for such a brigade because they already run a healthcare facility and have an operating lab and medical clinic that the team worked out of. The dental clinics ran from dawn to dusk and Canadian health professionals worked tirelessly alongside local doctors to treat patients and offer much needed vitamins and medicines. Health professionals volunteered their services to over 1500 Ugandans.


Update from the field: December 2011


Since May 2011, KIHEFO, Change for Children’s partner organization in Kabale, Uganda, has held 2 workshops focusing on improving nutrition in the context of food security. Beneficiaries are also participating in the micro-loan program and receiving credit to access vegetable seeds, farming tools, and small livestock. Through the workshops, they are learning about the importance of diet diversity (to improve the health of their children, including orphans under their care) and how to care for their crops using sustainable methods, including crop rotation and soil management.


More workshops are scheduled in the near future to involve the increasing number of beneficiaries in focused learning on health, education, nutrition and maximizing their potential for success using agro-ecological farming methods.


Update from the field: May 2011

On Jan. 31, 2011, Change for Children and KIHEFO submitted a proposal to CIDA’s Muskoka Initiative Partnership Program focusing on newborn, child and maternal health in Kigezi, Uganda – a country that currently has the 15th highest rate of infant mortality and the 20th highest rate of maternal mortality in the world. The proposed project would expand the current micro-credit, agricultural training and nutrition counselling activities, and eco-stove distribution, and broaden the focus to improving health and medical infrastructure and strengthening community responses to maternal and child health.


Update from the field: August 2012


In the spring of 2012, seventeen participants on CFCA’s Medical / Dental Brigade to Uganda (including 2 physicians, 4 dentists, 5 hygienists, 2 dental assistants and 5 volunteers) departed Canada to arrive in Kabale, southwestern Uganda to volunteer their health services to rural populations.


This was CFCA’s first health brigade to Africa, after having organized over a dozen to Latin American countries including Nicaragua and Peru over the past 10 years. Working in conjunction with Kindness in Action – another Alberta-based charity focusing on dental health brigades, Change for Children sends annual dental/medical brigades to one or more of our partner organizations in a developing country. This has been a very rewarding partnership that has brought great relief and extensive services to our beneficiary communities in the south.

CFCA’s partner in Uganda, the Kigezi Healthcare Foundation or KIHEFO was an excellent host for such a brigade because they already run a healthcare facility and have an operating lab and medical clinic that the team worked out of. The dental clinics ran from dawn to dusk and Canadian health professionals worked tirelessly alongside local doctors to treat patients and offer much needed vitamins and medicines. Health professionals volunteered their services to over 1500 Ugandans.