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HIV & infant feeding counselling tools, WHO

Author: WHO
Resource type: Field tool

General - not related to emergencies. But some really nice line drawings of cup feeding, counselling mothers, breastfeeding, food for comp feeding, amounts for comp feeding etc. Simple discussion on difficulties of formula feeding etc.

Available in English at: www.who.int/child-adolescenthealth/publications/NUTRITION/HIV_IF_CT.htm

NOTE: These tools were developed before the 2006 Consensus statement on HIV came out. Please review all HIV material before use to ensure that it is consistent with the consensus statement and latest guidelines.

Background: These tools were created to help health workers before, during and after a counselling session so that they can better support HIV-positive mothers.

Content: The tools consist of the following parts

  1. A Flipchart that describes the counselling process. Infant feeding counsellors should use the flipchart during counselling sessions with HIV-positive pregnant women and/or mothers; the cards need local adaptation
  2. Take-home flyers that explain how to practice safer infant feeding, according to the mother's decision. The counsellor should use the relevant flyer to teach the mother, and she can then use it as a reminder at home.
  3. A Reference guide that provides more technical and practical details than the counseling cards; counsellors can use it as a handbook.

Target audience: Counsellors using the tools should have received specific training through such courses as the Breastfeeding Counselling: A training courseand theHIV and Infant Feeding Counselling: A training course,or the Infant and Young Child Feeding Counselling: An integrated course.

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