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Influencing the influencers: Community tools for engaging fathers, grandmothers and leaders in nutrition. Faith Thuita Ms, PATH FSN Network Knowledge Sharing Meeting, June 11-13, 2012, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Influencing the influencers: Community tools for engaging fathers, grandmothers and leaders in nutrition

Faith Thuita Ms, PATH

FSN Network Knowledge Sharing Meeting, June 11-13, 2012,

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Tools to engage fathers, grandmothers, and community leaders for improved maternal and child nutrition

  • In this session we will:

    • Review some evidence about influencers

    • Examine a package of tools the IYCN Project developed to “influence the influencers” for who can support improved nutrition and caring behaviors

    • Learn about a study in Kenya that is evaluating the impact of engaging men and grandmothers on maternal and young children’s diets using the tools.

    • Do an exercise based on one of the tools, and some small group work to think about influencing the influencers through our current projects


Evidence for who influences a mother s decision about iycf and her own diet
Evidence for who influences a mother’s decision about IYCF and her own diet

Photo: Mike Wang/PATH


Roles and influence of grandmothers and men family approach
Roles and Influence of grandmothers and men – Family approach

  • Mother-child dyad nestled within family.

  • Need to address community norms, not just individual behaviour.

  • GM - Care givers, senior advisors and consultants on pregnancy, child birth and care for infants and young children).


Roles of men fathers
Roles of men/Fathers approach

  • Provision of financial resources – basic family needs

  • Financial and logistic resources for routine and emergency health care



Paths sure start programme india
PATHs SURE start Programme - India approach

Used multiple channels and methods of communication to engage;

  • Mothers

  • Household members

  • Health care workers

  • Community leaders to improve maternal and neo-natal outcomes in over 5,500 rural villages and 700 urban slums.



Msg participants provided better newborn care
MSG participants provided better newborn care behaviors in antenatal period



Package of materials
Package of Materials participant materials

Peer educators

Men’s groups

Grandmother groups

Mother support groups

Community leaders

Strengthening health talks

Integrating nutrition into community theater activities.


Monitoring and evaluation forms
Monitoring and evaluation forms participant materials

Counseling supervision checklist and guidelines.

Exit interview questionnaire and guidelines.

Referral tracking form and register.


Examples of experience with tools
Examples of experience with tools participant materials

Training psycho-social support counselors (PSSC) on HIV and infant feeding.

Training manual and participant guide on infant feeding and HIV used.

Reporting tools for ongoing monitoring activities.


Photo: Evelyn Hockstein/PATH participant materials


Engaging grandmothers and men to improve maternal diets and child feeding practices
Engaging grandmothers and men to Improve maternal diets and child feeding practices

Public health evaluation

  • Formative assessment

  • Baseline study

  • Community based intervention

  • Endline survey


Training facilitation and monitoring tools for use with dialogue groups
Training , Facilitation and Monitoring tools for use with dialogue groups

  • Training grandmothers dialogue group mentors

  • Trained mentors use dialogue group mentors guide to facilitate monthly dialogue sessions.

  • Monitoring tools – Monitor group meetings



Iycf and gender a training manual for male group leaders
IYCF and Gender: a training manual for male group leaders dialogue groups

  • Training and participants guides for training male group leaders.

  • Guides modified to train fathers dialogue group mentors



Community theater for improved nutrition a guide for program managers and theater groups
Community theater for improved nutrition: a guide for program managers and theater groups

Photo: Julie Baker/PATH

Photo: Kali Erickson


Using this collection of tools
Using this collection of tools program managers and theater groups

Available on www.iycn.org


Thank you for your attention
Thank you for your attention! program managers and theater groups

  • Do you have any questions before we begin some discussions in small groups?


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