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