In this POLHN self-paced program, you will use contextualised and relevant examples to understand the underlying concepts involved in infant and young child feeding.
This course begins with facts about infant and young child feeding, before moving onto complementary feeding and HIV and infant feeding. Finally, students will learn the approaches and recommendations of WHO when it comes to healthy feeding practices.
This is a comprehensive online course for health workers, providing them with the knowledge and skills necessary for monitoring and recommending different feeding approaches to mothers, as well as women who are pregnant. In this self-paced, free online course, the students will use contextualized knowledge for developing a better understanding of the underlying concepts involved in infant and young child feeding.The course begins with facts about infant and young child feeding, the significance of IYCF during various phases of a child's life, moving on to complementary feeding, maternal nutrition, IYCF in the context of HIV and IYCF in emergencies, before finally instructing on the approaches and recommendations of WHO and UNICEF, when it comes to healthy feeding practices for infants and young children. Employing a take-home approach, the course also features printable flash cards for community health workers that they can take along for the purpose of educating their communities regarding IYCF and safe feeding practices.
After the completion of the course, the students shall be able to understand:
- Malnutrition and different types of undernutrition grouped under this umbrella term
- IYCF and its role in child survival, child growth and child development
- Breastfeeding, in particular, exclusive breastfeeding, benefits of breastmilk, the anatomy of the human breast, and what defines a good or bad attachment, as well as breastfeeding patterns and hurdles faced by breastfeeding mothers
- Complementary feeding practices in light of WHO recommendations
- Maternal malnutrition and strategies to counter such situations through various nutrition-related interventions
- IYCF in the context of HIV/AIDS, mother-to-child transmission, (MTCT) and recommended IYCF interventions for both HIV-positive and HIV-negative mothers
- How emergencies impact IYCF and the various intervention strategies, such as relactation and provision of breastmilk substitutes (BMS)
Module - 1: Malnutrition: The Essentials
Module - 2: Role of IYCF in Child Survival, Growth and Development
Module - 3: Breastfeeding
Module - 4: Complementary Feeding
Module - 5: Nutrition for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Mothers
Module - 6: IYCF in the Context of HIV/AIDS
Module - 7: IYCF in Emergencies
Module - 8: IYCF and Community Workers
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This self-paced course has been designed in a manner that enhances understanding of the core concepts and provides easy to access learning materials. The course uses a range of study material such as pre-recorded videos, lecture slides, quizzes and assignments, and is developed by a team of dedicated health education experts.
Connect with other students through the discussion forum, where you can easily discuss the course or debate the ideas. Need more help? Your instructors are also available online to answer any questions you might have.
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POLHN self-paced courses are recognised by Pacific Ministries of Health. Once you have successfully completed the course, you will receive an official certificate. This certificate can be used for credit to gain CPD points.
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This is free online course for health workers provides them with the knowledge and skills necessary for monitoring and recommending different feeding approaches to mothers, as well as women who are pregnant.
Infant and Young Child Feeding
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