KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
“I wanted to be useful to the community,” Regina says. She started Action Against Hunger’s community nutrition volunteer training sessions with a few other mothers, and the work began. “It is essential for me to pass the message along to the new generations. They are the future of the country,” she says.
Regina’s participation as a lead mother is part of an Action Against Hunger initiative that encourages positive changes in community health and behavior. “Encouraging healthy care and feeding practices, as well as proper hygiene practices, are part of an approach called ‘social and behavior change.’ It helps change unhealthy habits or behavior, such as feeding infants solid food or water, which they cannot digest. Poor care and feeding practices, and poor hygiene practices, contribute to malnutrition among children. Educating mothers and caregivers about health and nutrition helps prevent and reduce child malnutrition. We use this approach in conjunction with our efforts to treat malnourished children: this gives families an active role in safeguarding their children’s health,” says the Head of Action Against Hunger’s nutrition program in Malualkon. “Empowering mothers means we believe in them and their power to help end a public health threat that kills too many children in this community.”
Regina has already received two trainings from the Action Against Hunger nutrition team in Malualkon, and she believes these efforts can help turn the tide on the hunger emergency.
“Here, some women have to walk many miles to bring their very malnourished children to the health centers for care,” she says. “But things are starting to change thanks to this program. We are coming together to learn about nutrition, and to control our own fate and that of our children.”