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close this bookHealth Education Syllabus Grade III Teachers' College In Uganda (SHEP, 63 p.)
View the documentFOREWORD
View the documentINTRODUCTION
View the documentUNIT ONE: OUR HEALTH
View the documentUNIT TWO: AIR, WATER AND SANITATION
View the documentUNIT THREE: BODY SYSTEMS
View the documentUNIT FOUR: FOOD AND NUTRITION
View the documentUNIT FIVE: SAFETY, ACCIDENTS, POISONING AND FIRST AID
View the documentUNIT SIX: ORIENTATION TO SCHOOL WORK I
View the documentUNIT SEVEN: TEACHING PRACTICE I
View the documentUNIT EIGHT: DISEASES
View the documentUNIT NINE: AIDS
View the documentUNIT TEN: ORAL HEALTH
View the documentUNIT ELEVEN: MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH
View the documentUNIT TWELVE: IMMUNIZATION
View the documentUNIT THIRTEEN: FAMILY HEALTH AND SOCIAL PROBLEMS
View the documentUNIT FOURTEEN: ESSENTIAL DRUGS AND DRUG USE
View the documentUNIT FIFTEEN: TRADITIONAL PRACTICES OF MEDICINE
View the documentUNIT SIXTEEN: PRIMARY HEALTH CARE
View the documentUNIT SEVENTEEN: METHODS AND APPROACHES OF TEACHING HEALTH EDUCATION IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS
View the documentUNIT EIGHTEEN: ORIENTATION TO SCHOOL WORK II
View the documentUNIT NINETEEN: TEACHING PRACTICE II

UNIT ELEVEN: MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH

OBJECTIVES

By the end of this unit, students should be able to:

1. State the mother’s responsibility towards herself, her children and the entire family health.

2. Outline the needs of the expectant mother and the responsibility of the family towards her health.

3. Outline the problems of neglected mothers.

4. List the advantages of breastfeeding

5. Explain the disadvantages of artificial feeding of babies before age of 4 months.

6. Explain the needs of a breastfeeding mother and how to overcome difficulties with breastfeeding.

7. Outline the measures to promote safe motherhood.

8. Discuss the problems of a multigravida mother and the reasons for family planning

9. Outline the strategies for child survival and development.

10. Demonstrate how to teach the unit to the primary pupils.

TOPICS

1. The mother

(a) Definition of mother
(b) Importance of mother in the home
(c) Duties of the mother in the home.

2. The expectant mother.

(a) (i) Definition

(ii) Signs of pregnancy.

(b) Needs and care of the expectant mother -

i.e.- medical

- nutritional
- physical and social needs.

(c) Dos and don'ts of an expectant mother

(d) Effect of physical exercise.

(i) Beneficial exercises.
(ii) Physical exertion.

3. Safe motherhood

(a) (i) Safe age of motherhood

(ii) Problems of young motherhood below the age of 18 years.
(iii) Problems of older mothers after age of 35 years.

(b) Problems of frequent pregnancies.

4. The Breastfeeding mother (Nursing or Lactating)

(a) Importance of breastfeeding
(b) Disadvantages of artificial feedings
(c) Needs of a breastfeeding mother i.e. nutritional, psychological, and social
(d) Overcoming problems with breast feeding i.e. sore nipples, swollen breasts, flat nipples.

5. Multi-gravida

(a) Definition
(b) Characteristics
(c) Maternal depletion syndrome i.e frequency of pregnancies.
(d) Reducing problems of multigravida;

- child spacing
- family planning

6. The child

(a) Stages of child development and health requirements.

- Neonate
- Toddler
- Infant

(b) Weaning and Weaning practices

- steps in proper weaning of a child
- effects of sudden weaning on the child (grandmother syndrome)
- supplimentary feeding during early childhood (after 4-6 months)
- frequency of feeding a child.

(c) Strategies for child survival, their importance and development.

1. growth monitoring
2. proper use of oral rehydration salt (proper use)
4. breast feeding (till 2 years)
5. complete immunization
5. female education
6. family spacing - child spacing
7. adequate food production
8. health education

(d) Elements for promotion of child survival and development.

7. Role of the father in the home.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES

- Discussion of different roles of the family members.
- Role play responsibilities of the family members.
- Dramatization of problems of housing too many children in a family.

REFERENCES

UNESCO, WHO, UNICEF: Facts of Life.