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Haiti: Exploring Approaches to Building Capacity for Nutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support Services


Given the need to strengthen nutrition services within health systems, the Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) project has explored the advantages and disadvantages of two approaches that we use in Haiti for rolling out trainings on infant and young child feeding (IYCF) and nutrition assessment, counseling, and support (NACS) for health facility staff.

Specifically, the SPRING team looked at an on-the-job (OJT) training methodology and the more traditional approach of workshop-style trainings. We prepared a modular training package, which could be used for either approach, and presented the two training options to in-house master trainers and health facility managers.

Each of the seven participating facilities selected the approach it felt was most appropriate for its facility. SPRING took responsibility for training the master trainers (MT) but provided relatively little additional support to facilities for the rollout of the training to designated facility staff. JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc./SPRING Project. 2015.

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