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Cultural issues - Long term education strategies in acute programming: Case Study for IYCF-E GIFA/ENN Project

Author: GIFA / ENN report (ACF)
Year: 2002-3
Resource type: Case study

Case study from: INFANT AND YOUNG CHILD FEEDING IN EMERGENCIES GIFA/ENN PROJECT (2003)

Researchers: Mary Corbett (Evaluation of Module 1) and Marie McGrath (Collation of case studies)

Case 13
Location: Liberia
Source: Corrine Machin, ACF Liberia
Time: 2002/2003
Issue: Long term education strategies in acute programming

Long-term education is critical if there is going to be a change in practice. Currently, health and nutrition education is targeted at the mothers in the TFC, and often they will do what you recommend or tell you what you want to hear whilst attending the centre. However, on return home, follow-up by our staff have found that they usually revert back to old practices. Other family members and men are significant influences on what mothers do. Men ultimately hold the power and control on how household income is used. Alternative health education strategies targeting men, for example, are required to complement current activities if they are to have any sort of long-lasting impact.

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