|Effective Communications for Nutrition in Primary Health Care (UNU, 1988, 208 p.)|
|Country and project reports|
It has been reported that there is a high incidence of malnutrition in children aged between one and three years in deprived localities in Bangladesh. Many nutritional problems could be alleviated by the proper use of available food sources, if the public were exposed sufficiently to nutrition education through effective communication.
A training programme was arranged in conjunction with the Bangladesh Rural Development Board (BRDB). Field-level workers, including female co-operators of the BRDB, were trained to direct the programme using lectures, discussions, and demonstrations. Trainers were grouped into teams of three, one of whom was the leader. Mobile units for education and training were made available with UNICEF assistance. Booklets written in Bengali, posters, slides and photographs presenting nutritional deficiency diseases, and flannelboard demonstrations of the function of food groups were some of the educational aids used in the programme. The contents of the training covered breast-feeding, infant feeding, clean water, environmental hygiene, and immunization.
Pre- and post-tests indicated that the messages did reach the learners. There was no systematic evaluation for long-term impact. However, female co-operators responded positively to follow-up visits and have disseminated the knowledge to their fellow co-operative members. Further evaluation is required to assess the effectiveness of their influence on food behaviours and practices and on the nutritional status of the people.