Menu ENN Search

en-net summary: Spring 2022

en-net is a free and open resource to help field practitioners to gain access to prompt technical advice for operational challenges for which answers are not readily accessible. This article summarises some of the key en-net posts and debates which took place during spring 2022.

Contributions

Ali Maclaine, Anon, Brooke Bauer, Everlyn Matiri, Justine Aenishaenslin, Lwiindi Madabwali, Muhammad Jaffar Ali and Syed Saeed Qadir

 

Over the past three months (March to May 2022), 35 questions were posted on en-net, generating 113 responses. The forum area for Infant and young child feeding interventions generated most discussions, followed by the Management of wasting/acute malnutrition and Assessment and Surveillance areas. Twenty-six vacancy notices and announcements were posted which accumulated 21,865 views on the website and three training announcements attracted over 3,000 views.

This update has chosen to highlight one particular question of interest raised in the Infant and young child feeding interventions area which sought experiences of interventions or programmes that have involved religious leaders as a core component to disseminate maternal, infant and young child nutrition (MIYCN)/infant and young child feeding (IYCF) messages, for example through sermons or khutbah, or where support groups were led by or in part by religious leaders.

Models were also sought of approaches whereby a religious leader's wife might support her husband by leading meetings and providing counselling and messaging for women, while the religious leader would communicate with men’s groups.

Several examples were shared from different contexts.

World Vision’s model, Channels of Hope, which is used to engage faith/religious leaders to support behaviour changes, includes a module on maternal, newborn and child health, Channels of Hope for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.

Catholic Relief Services have a multi-country project, Strengthening the Capacity of Women Religious in Early Childhood Development (SCORE-ECD), which, through their congregations, reinforces the capacity of Catholic Sisters who help families to understand the importance of nutrition, feeding and communicating early and effectively with their children. Catholic Relief Services have also developed other models engaging directly with religious leaders on MIYCN.

In Punjab, Pakistan, the Multi Sectoral Nutrition Center (MSNC) is implementing a Multi Sectoral Nutrition Strategy and has oriented government institutions on nutrition sensitive and specific interventions, applying a nutrition lens to the annual development budgeting. MSNC has a strong nutrition governance element whereby District, Tehsil and Union Council Malnutrition Addressing Committees are playing a pivotal role in engaging government departments. As part of this, MSNC has engaged the Religious and Auqaf Department to raise awareness of the population attending Jumma prayers. It has developed information, education and communication (IEC) material and trained Ulema (Islamic scholars) and Khateebs (orators) to deliver information during Jumma sermons.

Research findings from 10 years ago by Save the Children in Afghanistan were also shared. This research examined where mothers obtained information and support on breastfeeding and found that religious leaders were their number one source of information: women would talk to their husbands who would speak to the Mullah (mosque leader) and report back. The Mullah tended to give the mothers a ta’wiz – religious words written on a piece of paper and sewn into clothes or kept on a necklace. The mothers reported that this worked. Recommendations of the research were to examine ways to give the Mullahs some basic breastfeeding information that they could relay to the husbands and mothers.

More recently in Afghanistan, Welthungerhilfe (WHH) reported a number of interventions involving religious leaders as a core component for their MIYCN/IYCF approach. An article detailing this work has previously been published in Field Exchange,   https://www.ennonline.net/fex/nutritioninquran.

The discussants confirmed the value of these types of approaches. They may be especially useful in influencing feeding practices in populations with strong cultural beliefs or traditional practices that have been a hindrance in improving MIYCN practices despite significant capacity building attempts by health workers and communities. It was suggested that religious leaders might influence the community on breastfeeding as a right of the child in their sermons and through community engagement, as well as in imparting information on best practices. Respecting the rights of the mother would also need careful consideration in such a scenario.

To read more or to join this discussion, go to https://www.en-net.org/question/4567.aspx

To join any discussion on en-net, share your experience or post a question, visit www.en-net.org.uk  or www.fr.en-net.org

For any feedback on the site, please write to post@en-net.org

More like this

FEX: En-net update

By Tamsin Walters, en-net moderator Over the past four months1, 32 questions have been posted on en-net, generating 69 responses. Two upcoming trainings have been advertised...

FEX: En-net update July to October 2016 inclusive

Over the past four months 88 questions have been posted on en-net*, generating 228 responses. Forty-two vacancy announcements have been posted, which have accumulated almost...

FEX: en-net update

By Tamsin Walters, en-net moderator Over the past three months (Nov 2016 to Jan 2017), 47 questions have been posted on en-net, generating 81 responses. The forum areas for...

FEX: Integrating MIYCN initiatives across sectors in Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya

By Doris Mwendwa, James Njiru and Jacob Korir Doris Mwendwa is the current National MIYCN Deputy Programme Manager and has been working with ACF-USA Kenya Mission for the past...

FEX: Nutrition in Qur’an: An innovative approach to promote optimal nutrition care practices

By Nasrullah Sultani and Tamanna Ferdous Nasrullah Sultani is the nutrition focal point and Regional Manager for the northern region for Welthungerhilfe Afghanistan. He has...

FEX: En-net update

By Tamsin Walters, en-net moderator Over the past four months, 57 questions have been posted on en-net,1 generating 200 responses. Seventy vacancy announcements have been...

FEX: ENN update

View this article as a pdf Field Exchange Special issue on wasting in South Asia Asia is home to half of the world's wasted children (25.9 million) and severely wasted...

FEX: Training Care Groups on sexual and gender-based violence in rural Niger

By Bruce W Larkin and Julie Tanaka View this article as a pdf Bruce W Larkin is a doctoral candidate (MD) at the Medical School for International Health at Ben-Gurion...

FEX: en-net update

By Tamsin Walters, en-net moderator Over the past three months, 37 questions have been posted on en-net, generating 59 responses. The forum areas for Prevention and management...

FEX: Adolescent inclusion in the Care Group approach: the Nigeria experience

By Shiromi Michelle Perera Shiromi Michelle Perera is a Technical Officer with the Nutrition, Food Security and Livelihoods Unit at International Medical Corps, Washington...

FEX: Acceptability and feasibility of a child-feeding toolkit in Malawi

By Ellah Kedera, Meghan Anson, Emily Faerber, Jennifer Weiss and Amy Webb Girard The authors acknowledge and thank all stakeholders involved in supporting the research...

FEX: En-net enters its fifth year

By Tamsin Walters, en-net moderator As en-net enters its fifth year of operation, we thought it timely to reflect on how this relatively new resource is performing. Launched...

FEX: A review of technical discussion on en-net: Recurring questions and gaps experienced by programmers

View this article as a pdf Lisez cet article en français ici By Scott Logue, Michele Goergen, Isabelle Modigell, Andi Kendle, Tamsin Walters and Marie McGrath Scott...

FEX: En-net update

By Tamsin Walters, en-net moderator Over the past four months (1st October 2015 to 17th January 2016), 56 questions have been posted on en-net generating 206 responses....

FEX: Maternal nutrition interventions in Bangladesh: delivery at scale and mainstreaming into the health system

This is a summary of a Field Exchange field article that was included in issue 63 - a special edition on child wasting in South Asia. The original article was authored by...

FEX: Social Return on Investment (SROI) assessment of a Baby-Friendly Community Initiative in urban poor settings, Nairobi, Kenya

By Sophie Goudet, Caroline W. Wainaina, Teresia N. Macharia, Milka N. Wanjohi, Frederick M. Wekesah, Peter Muriuki, Betty Samburu, Paula L. Griffiths and Elizabeth W....

FEX: En-net update and MAMI thematic area launch

By Tamsin Walters, en-net moderator Over the period October 2013- Jan 2014, 43 questions have been posted on en-net, along with 166 responses and 48 vacancy...

FEX: Improving nutritional outcomes of rural households through a community-based approach in Ethiopia

This article has been updated since the original version was published in March 2020. View this article as a pdf Lisez cet article en français ici By Haimanot Abebe,...

NEX: Keyhole gardens in Ethiopia: A study of the barriers to scale-up

Yohannes Haile is a public health professional working in Ethiopia with Catholic Relief Services. He has a Master's degree in Public Health from Mekele University in...

FEX: Delivery of maternal nutrition interventions at scale and mainstreaming into the health system in Bangladesh

View this article as a pdf Lisez cet article en français ici By Deborah Ash, Zeba Mahmud, Kristen Kappos, Santhia Ireen and Thomas Forissier Deborah Ash is Project...

Close

Reference this page

en-net summary: Spring 2022. Field Exchange 68 , May 2022. www.ennonline.net/fex/68/ennetsummaryspring2022

(ENN_7439)

Close

Download to a citation manager

The below files can be imported into your preferred reference management tool, most tools will allow you to manually import the RIS file. Endnote may required a specific filter file to be used.