Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) says the nutritional status of the Nigerian child has received a boost with the successful training of over 200 Community Health Influencers, Promoters and Services (CHIPS), Community Volunteers (CVs), Supervisors, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Health Workers.
A statement from CSSUNN revealed that the training which was done in Gombe state was a collaborative effort with the Network for Health Equity and Development (NHED) and other consortium members.
The trainees were said to have been brushed on quality delivery of the 7 Basic Package Nutrition Services (7BPNS) and the use of the Accelerating Nutrition Results in Nigeria (ANRiN) Mobile Application for data collection.
“The 7BPNS are; Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN), Vitamin A Supplementation, De-worming exercise, Micronutrient Powders, Zinc/Low-osmolarity Oral Rehydration Salts (LO-ORS), Iron- Folate Supplementation and Intermittent Preventive Treatment with Sulphadoxine Pyrimethamine (IPTPs).
“The 3-days training held recently in Gombe state is implemented under the (ANRiN) project; a 3-year project aimed at improving the nutritional status of under 5 children, adolescent girls and pregnant women through the provision of Basic Package of Nutrition Services to communities in 62 wards of 6 Local Government Areas (Gombe, Billiri, Kaltungo, Balanga, Yamatu-Deba and Shomgom) of Gombe state”, the statement read in part.
NHED-ANRiN Nutrition Specialist, Olufunmilayo Adebambo, was quoted in the statement as saying that the effective delivery of the 7BNPS requires equity with a focus on the under-served (reaching out to right beneficiaries in the community), quality delivery of services leveraging on existing structures, efficient management of supplies, rigorous data management and community engagement.