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Revised Hearth curriculum

Author: Sibson V

A lesson on infant and young child feeding practices and needs. Covers training objectives and what to cover and methods."Hearth curriculum" was a set of six lessons given verbally to about 16 caretakers who were running a very small test run of a Hearth style cokoing project with in Mornei camp West Darfur from Feb-May 2007. It was also delivered at the SFP/OTP centre in a two weekly rotation starting in March (don't know whether they have continued) and the lesson information was also discussed with all the nutrition team in order that it was discussed at the household level when visiting children not gaining weight in the SFP/OTP programme.
Hearth curriculum was used by Concern in Mornei camp, West Darfur from Jan-March 2007. It was just a pilot with 17 children and carers (mostly mothers, some grandmothers and sibling carers). The plan was one lesson a day for about one hour, all lessons repeated after one week, two week break then repeated again. It worked really well (staff and carers were engaged and learnt well, assessing weight gain was harder because of the short duration of the pilot.. but was positive about the potential impact in the context of stronger livelihoods/income generation support and apparently Concern are considering moving this way...)

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