International Medical Corps
n 2012, Jordan was one of the countries most affected by the Syrian crisis, hosting the second-highest share of refugees per capita in the world. Most refugee camps hosted over 78,000 people with an average of 80 births per week. Above 85% of refugees were in critical need of, health, water, sanitation and nutrition. The most affected were mothers who needed appropriate Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) support. In addition, caregivers needed mental and psychosocial well-being, which is known to impact a caregiver’s ability to recognize and respond to their child’s needs. However, IYCF misconceptions and beliefs were extremely high in the refugee camps and needed trained health workers to strengthen for optimal feeding practices. Although health workers were needed to provide training IYCF training, the integration of IYCF and Community Management of Acute Malnutrition in primary health care required training of health care workers.
As such Tech RRT support was requested to provide orientations on IYCF-E to health staff through an IYCF-E Counselling Training of Trainers to both health and nutrition actors. The IYCF-E advisor worked with the Nutrition Working Group and Reproductive Health actors.
Development and delivery of three, one day reproductive health orientations in both camp and urban settings
Development and delivery of a contextualised, five-day IYCF-E ToT Counselling training package of which 14 trainers were identified.
A comprehensive and contextualised Joint Action Plan was developed and disseminated to partners
Monitoring and Evaluation tools were reviewed and revised as needed