Nutrition training to help women in Ethiopia manage food insecurity

Stories | June 3, 2020

In addition to responding to Covid-19 challenges, the CBM Australia and CBM Italy teams assisted the Amhara region of Ethiopia to build resilience in communities at risk of food insecurity. The Amhara region faced a number of challenges that threatened livelihoods and food production, including food security, locust swarms, floods and landslides.

One aspect of this project involved addressing health workers on nutrition. CBM Australia and CBM Italy organised a four-day training program for women with disabilities, pregnant and lactating women to build community knowledge around infant and young children feeding practices, basic nutrition knowledge and improving food hygiene. The program met with great success with 150 women attending this training!

Another training program included a series of essential nutrition and hygiene training for health professionals and community workers. This training enabled workers to contribute to improve nutrition and community health outcomes in the community.

The training also benefited community members in treating malnourishment in children. Behaviour Change Communication materials were developed and shared to aid the newly trained health workers in spreading this message to the community and to ensure the greatest and most sustainable impact possible. These materials enable workers to assist other community members, in particular pregnant and lactating mothers, regarding appropriate feeding practices.

Thanks to the support of CBM Australia and CBM Italy, these health and nutrition programs have given women with disabilities and health workers valuable information. It empowered the participants to assist in the fight against food insecurity and poor nutrition in the Amhara region.

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