Nutrition (Nitrisyon)

This unit contains approximately 31 hours (6 days) of training activities. 

Community Health Workers are trained to:

  • Define nutrition and malnutrition.
  • Describe the components of a balanced diet.
  • Identify signs and symptoms of iron deficiency, vitamin A deficiency, and iodine deficiency in children and pregnant women.
  • Identify main causes of malnutrition, especially in children ages 0-5 years.
  • Identify signs and symptoms of various forms of malnutrition, including Marasmus and Kwashiorkor.
  • Counsel families about proper nutrition for infants, children, and pregnant women.
  • Administer micronutrient powders and explain the benefits of micronutrient powders to parents and caregivers.
  • Counsel mothers, parents, and caregivers about the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for infants aged 0-6 months.
  • Teach pregnant women how to breastfeed properly and support them in adopting the essential behavior of exclusive breastfeeding for infants aged 0-6 months.
  • Teach mothers, parents and caregivers about proper complimentary feeding techniques for infants aged 6-9 months, 9-11 months and 12-24 months.
  • Help pregnant women and mothers to adopt essential healthy behaviors that can prevent malnutrition, including eating well during pregnancy, exclusive breastfeeding, and proper complimentary feeding.
  • Counsel parents and caregivers on the proper use of Ready to Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTF).
  • Screen for malnutrition in infants and children ages 0-5 using weighing scales, length/height boards, and MUAC (Mid-Upper Arm Circumference) measuring tapes and refer cases of severe malnutrition to the health center. 
Publication Name
Facilitator Manual
Facilitator Manual: contains all of the information needed to carry out the training, including preparation and material lists, step-by-step instructions for leading training sessions, pre- and post-tests, and all content from the Participant Handbook.
Publication Name
Participant Handbook
Participant Handbook: contains all of the content that participants are trained on (text and illustrations) and also any case studies, scenarios, small group discussion questions, or role plays needed for training sessions. Participants use the handbook during training sessions and afterwards for review.