What is a Community Health Worker’s role in Side-by-Side?

What is a Community Health Worker’s role in Side-by-Side?

Helping you be your best

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As a side-by-side partner with caregivers you can help children thrive.

Educate, support and act. Community Health Workers can use the five themes in the new Road to Health Booklet as a starting point.

Nutrition
Nutrition

Nutrition: Help children grow.

  • Support and encourage mothers to initiate breastfeeding within one hour of delivery.
  • Support mothers to breastfeed exclusively for six months. Discourage caregivers from introducing solids or giving babies water during this period.
  • Encourage mothers to continue breastfeeding for at least two years.
  • Educate caregivers to provide good-quality food from six months. Help caregivers to give their child foods which are healthy and affordable using the advice on pages 6 & 7 of the RTHB.
Love.
Love.

Love: Help children develop and learn.

  • Encourage caregivers to respond to the child’s needs, likes and dislikes.
  • Get them to hug, hold, sing, talk, tell stories and read to their child.
  • Identify and refer children with delayed development.
Protection.
Protection.

Protect: Keep children healthy and safe.

  • Immunise children.
  • Give routine treatments (Vitamin A and deworming).
  • Promote hand washing.
  • Teach caregivers about cord care.
  • Help families prevent household accidents.
Healthcare.
Healthcare.

Healthcare: Make sure sick children get healthcare.

  • Make sure caregivers know the danger signs and what to do.
  • Promote the use of Oral Rehydrates for diarrhoea.
Extra Care.
Extra Care.

Extra Care: Provide all-round support.

  • Make sure each child has a birth certificate.
  • Ensure that children-in-need get Child Support Grants and other support.
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