Nutrition with support from European Union/Oxfam

With €1.5 million funding from the European Union (EU), Oxfam in Malawi in partnership with the Catholic Health Commission (CHC), is implementing a Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) project titled “Enhancing the capacity of CSOs, district level staff and communities in Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) initiative in Malawi”. The goal of the project is to contribute towards the improved nutritional status of rural households in Malawi by strengthening the capacity of rural households and district level staff in addressing nutrition issues related to agriculture and SUN implementation.

Background

The project is being implemented in 4 districts, namely, Lilongwe, Dowa, Nkhotakota and Salima districts. It builds-on FIDP I & II programs of the EU aimed at improving and diversifying agricultural production. The target is to reach 143,000 people and 26,000 households (HHs) (16,000 HHs with under-five children, 10,000 HHs with pregnant or lactating mothers) by 2019. Currently, the project has reached 20,950 households in all districts, 26,686 under five children, 3,739 pregnant and 9,493 lactating mothers.

LLCHC is therefore requesting facilitators from your organization in the following activities

  • Theatre for Development

The program will be establishing Theatre for Development Groups (TFD) which will be used for dissemination of nutrition and agriculture messages. The Action will use TFD as one of the approaches for information dissemination and awareness creation around SUN in line with ENAs and NECS. Four TFD group will be established per TA and they are 6 TAs in total. The TFD members will be trained on nutrition and agriculture in line with the ENAs and NECS of SUN.  The trained TFDs will be involved in the community awareness campaigns. TFDs will conduct awareness events once every quarter in collaboration with promoters, and lead parents. TFDs will be appraised of new messages on an ongoing basis and will be incorporating the messages in their performances. TFDs will enhance wider dissemination and awareness of key nutrition messages in relation to mother’s nutritional health and child health and nutrition especially in the first 1000 days. This will reinforce improved adoption of positive nutrition behavior.

  • STAR Circles

STAR approach as one of the approaches in scaling up nutrition interventions in the targeted communities. Star Circles will act as a discussion forum for nutrition and other nutrition issues related to agriculture. These will be reflection groups of about 20 members at village level where men and women will come together to discuss issues of their concern related to access to social services around nutrition, agriculture, GBV and health. The action will conduct sensitisation meetings on the STAR concept and mobilise community members to join STAR circles. One STAR circle will be formed per village with maximum of 20 people. A coordinating STAR circle will be established at GVH level with representation from the each of the village STAR circles. This will coordinate the operations of all the STAR circles at GVH level. STAR membership will be open to both men and women on voluntary basis. Following formation, the STAR circle groups will be oriented. The groups will meet once a week convened by a lead facilitator trained by the project staff to coordinate the STAR sessions. STAR groups will develop action plans.

STAR circles will allow communities to have in-depth discussions and reflections on nutrition and other health/development issues (gender, human rights). STAR circles are crucial in transformation of behaviour, attitudes and practices in communities therefore will be a key driver for wider community improvement in knowledge, attitudes and practices around nutrition, agriculture and the six food groups. STAR circles enhance responsiveness, transparency and accountability in the duty bearers to respond to issues raised by concerned communities.

The activity schedule

Name of activity March
TFD 12 to 16
Star circle 19  to 23