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Gender Mainstreaming Training Session in Progress

AAP Secretariat in collaboration with Livestock Sector organized two-days training on “Gender Mainstreaming” and one-day training on “Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace” from 5th to 7th October, 2020 at Hyderabad. The Training was delivered by Gender Specialist of AAP Secretariat Ms Hameeda Kaleem. 35 participants attended the event and at the end of it the participants developed a “Gender Action Plan” for Livestock sector interventions.

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Gender Mainstreaming Training Session in Progress

AAP Secretariat in collaboration with Livestock Sector organized two-days training on “Gender Mainstreaming” and one-day training on “Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace” from 5th to 7th October, 2020 at Hyderabad. The Training was delivered by Gender Specialist of AAP Secretariat Ms Hameeda Kaleem. 35 participants attended the event and at the end of it the participants developed a “Gender Action Plan” for Livestock sector interventions.

Ms. Christina Brugiolo, Chief of Field Office, UNICEF Sindh called on Mr Mustafa Jamal Kazi, Program Coordinator Nutrition, AAP Secretariat, Planning and Development Department, Government of Sindh. Agenda of the meeting was to review progress against the annual work plan signed between both entities. The discussion focused on short and long term strategies for addressing the challenge of stunting and malnutrition among children in Sindh. Development of AAP -02 also came under discussion. Given the resources constraints, it was observed that the new plan would prioritize high impact interventions. Furthermore, it was agreed that District Coordination Committees for Nutrition(DCCN) would be established for effective and efficient implementation of AAP Sectors activities.

REVIEW OF AAP PROGRESS

Ms. Christina Brugiolo, Chief of Field Office, UNICEF Sindh called on Mr Mustafa Jamal Kazi, Program Coordinator Nutrition, AAP Secretariat, Planning and Development Department, Government of Sindh. Agenda of the meeting was to review progress against the annual work plan signed between both entities. The discussion focused on short and long term strategies for addressing the challenge of stunting and malnutrition among children in Sindh. Development of AAP -02 also came under discussion. Given the resources constraints, it was observed that the new plan would prioritize high impact interventions. Furthermore, it was agreed that District Coordination Committees for Nutrition(DCCN) would be established for effective and efficient implementation of AAP Sectors activities.

Social and Behavior Change Communication Toolkit (nutrition specific) launched in Karachi under Accelerated Action Plan for Reduction of Stunting and Malnutrition(AAP). Mr Christopher Aaron Goldren, Regional Director of Action Against Hunger (ACF) based in France, attended the event and handed over the toolkit to Mr Mohammad Yousif Shaikh, Deputy Program Coordinator AAP, Provincial Task Force Secretariat for Nutrition, Planning & Development Department, Government of Sindh for its implementation across Sindh. The toolkit is available in Sindhi and Urdu, and it has been developed in consultation with all stakeholders under European Union funded program PINS-02 in collaboration with Government of Sindh. The toolkit consist of 28 cards, divided into five sessions, dealing with prioritized behaviors of mothers and communities. The main themes of the toolkit include identification, prevention, and treatment of malnutrition, diet and health care of pregnant and lactating mothers(PLW), mother and child care after delivery, children’s diet, lastly personal and environmental hygiene.

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Launch of SBCC Toolkit in Sindhi and Urdu

Social and Behavior Change Communication Toolkit (nutrition specific) launched in Karachi under Accelerated Action Plan for Reduction of Stunting and Malnutrition(AAP). Mr Christopher Aaron Goldren, Regional Director of Action Against Hunger (ACF) based in France, attended the event and handed over the toolkit to Mr Mohammad Yousif Shaikh, Deputy Program Coordinator AAP, Provincial Task Force Secretariat for Nutrition, Planning & Development Department, Government of Sindh for its implementation across Sindh. The toolkit is available in Sindhi and Urdu, and it has been developed in consultation with all stakeholders under European Union funded program PINS-02 in collaboration with Government of Sindh. The toolkit consist of 28 cards, divided into five sessions, dealing with prioritized behaviors of mothers and communities. The main themes of the toolkit include identification, prevention, and treatment of malnutrition, diet and health care of pregnant and lactating mothers(PLW), mother and child care after delivery, children’s diet, lastly personal and environmental hygiene.

It has been observed that due to lack of awareness regarding contraception and contraceptive practices amongst unprivileged people result in frequent pregnancies which in turn leads to poor health of mother, neonate, infant and child. Family Health Mela (community gatherings) are conducted once in a month at Union Council level where health indicators are low. So for 143 family health melas have been organized (Aug to Dec-2019) against the overall annual target of 348.

Melas have been proving to be a success story as all stakeholders viz. AAP Sectors, NGOs, CBOs gather under one platform to covey message regarding birth-spacing, stunting and wasting. These festivals have been given due importance by District Management. 9,600 clients out of 30,000 participants in these melas have sought Family planning services including 2,197 Married Women of Reproductive Age (MAWRA) who have been given Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs) implants and Jaddelle thereby birth spacing 5 to 10 years.

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Family Health Melas

It has been observed that due to lack of awareness regarding contraception and contraceptive practices amongst unprivileged people result in frequent pregnancies which in turn leads to poor health of mother, neonate, infant and child. Family Health Mela (community gatherings) are conducted once in a month at Union Council level where health indicators are low. So for 143 family health melas have been organized (Aug to Dec-2019) against the overall annual target of 348.

Melas have been proving to be a success story as all stakeholders viz. AAP Sectors, NGOs, CBOs gather under one platform to covey message regarding birth-spacing, stunting and wasting. These festivals have been given due importance by District Management. 9,600 clients out of 30,000 participants in these melas have sought Family planning services including 2,197 Married Women of Reproductive Age (MAWRA) who have been given Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs) implants and Jaddelle thereby birth spacing 5 to 10 years.

Meeting of the District Coordination Committee for Nutrition (DCCN) was held on 06 December 2019 at the Deputy Commissioner office, Sanghar to review implementation of all nutritional interventions in the district in order to reduce stunting and malnutrition among children under five years.

Addressing the meeting, the Deputy Commissioner Sanghar, Mr Mirza Nasir Ali said the Accelerated Action Plan (APP) is an important programme since it covers both nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive interventions. With regard to the WASH, he said that making villages Open Defecation Free (ODF) will result in betterment personal and environment hygiene in the neglected areas. Furthermore, he said that the Public Health Department (PHD) and WASH Sector work together for producing better results.

he participants of the event included Program Coordinators of AAP Mr. Shah Faisal Zahir, Ms. Fouzia Khan, Mr. Nazeer Kalhoro, Mr. Farooq Siddiqui, Mr. Abid Qureshi, Mr. Mir Allah Dad and Dr SahibJan Badar, District Coordination Officer Officer, Kashif Shamim Siddiqui, and others.

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District Coordination Committee for Nutrition

Meeting of the District Coordination Committee for Nutrition (DCCN) was held on 06 December 2019 at the Deputy Commissioner office, Sanghar to review implementation of all nutritional interventions in the district in order to reduce stunting and malnutrition among children under five years.

Addressing the meeting, the Deputy Commissioner Sanghar, Mr Mirza Nasir Ali said the Accelerated Action Plan (APP) is an important programme since it covers both nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive interventions. With regard to the WASH, he said that making villages Open Defecation Free (ODF) will result in betterment personal and environment hygiene in the neglected areas. Furthermore, he said that the Public Health Department (PHD) and WASH Sector work together for producing better results.

he participants of the event included Program Coordinators of AAP Mr. Shah Faisal Zahir, Ms. Fouzia Khan, Mr. Nazeer Kalhoro, Mr. Farooq Siddiqui, Mr. Abid Qureshi, Mr. Mir Allah Dad and Dr SahibJan Badar, District Coordination Officer Officer, Kashif Shamim Siddiqui, and others.

While speaking on the occasion of one- day Refresher Training of District Focal Persons(DFPs) for Vitamin A Supplementation(VAS) Program Manager AAP Dr MB Raja Dharejo emphasised on a need for integration of VAS with polio program as well as EPI/routine immunisation.

In view of high rate of vitamin-A deficiency among children and women PM AAP urged the DFPs to ensure maximum supplementation of vitamin- A in their respective districts since it is a significant public health problem.

The event was organised by Nutrition International in collaboration with Health Department, Government of Sindh and World Health Organisation(WHO).

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Refresher Training of District Focal Persons

While speaking on the occasion of one- day Refresher Training of District Focal Persons(DFPs) for Vitamin A Supplementation(VAS) Program Manager AAP Dr MB Raja Dharejo emphasised on a need for integration of VAS with polio program as well as EPI/routine immunisation.

In view of high rate of vitamin-A deficiency among children and women PM AAP urged the DFPs to ensure maximum supplementation of vitamin- A in their respective districts since it is a significant public health problem.

The event was organised by Nutrition International in collaboration with Health Department, Government of Sindh and World Health Organisation(WHO).

PPHI Sindh has embarked on a new initiative of establishing a kitchen garden within the premises of its health facilities in district Matiari.

The idea behind the initiative is to encourage families, who bring their Severely Acute Malnourished (SAM) children to PPHI OTP centres for treatment, to establish kitchen garden in similar ways at homes for fulfilling nutritional requirements.

By spreading this message of growing vegetables at home it is hoped that it would contribute towards increasing availability of fresh vegetables for consumption of children and PLWs(Pregnant and lactating women).

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Kitchen Garden within health facilities

PPHI Sindh has embarked on a new initiative of establishing a kitchen garden within the premises of its health facilities in district Matiari.

The idea behind the initiative is to encourage families, who bring their Severely Acute Malnourished (SAM) children to PPHI OTP centres for treatment, to establish kitchen garden in similar ways at homes for fulfilling nutritional requirements.

By spreading this message of growing vegetables at home it is hoped that it would contribute towards increasing availability of fresh vegetables for consumption of children and PLWs(Pregnant and lactating women).

Last month AAP Health Sector organised Training Session for Nutrition Information Management System (NIMS) at PPHI Regional Offices Mirpurkhas and Sukkur. Trainees were the NIS Assistants of PPHI and MIS person of NGOs along with DNC, IYCF Counsellors of PPHI and District Mangers of NGOs. This training was a follow up on the Provincial Steering Committee (PSC) decision regarding adoption of one MIS System for all AAP sectors. The training aimed at strengthening the capacity of MIS/NIS staff of PPHI and NGOs in arena of data entry, editing and reporting through NIMS and to enhance the reporting mechanism of AAP Health.

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Training on Nutrition Information Management System

Last month AAP Health Sector organised Training Session for Nutrition Information Management System (NIMS) at PPHI Regional Offices Mirpurkhas and Sukkur. Trainees were the NIS Assistants of PPHI and MIS person of NGOs along with DNC, IYCF Counsellors of PPHI and District Mangers of NGOs. This training was a follow up on the Provincial Steering Committee (PSC) decision regarding adoption of one MIS System for all AAP sectors. The training aimed at strengthening the capacity of MIS/NIS staff of PPHI and NGOs in arena of data entry, editing and reporting through NIMS and to enhance the reporting mechanism of AAP Health.

On Friday (29 November) District Coordination Committee for Nutrition (DCCN) meeting was held in a Darbar hall DC office Larkana. The meeting was chaired by Deputy Commissioner Mr Mohammad Noman Siddique along with Program Manager AAP Mr. Dr. MB Raja Dharejo. Mr. Asghar Soomro and Mr. Shafiq Jamro from Provincial Task Force Secretariat for AAP also participated in the meeting.

Assuring his full cooperation DC Larkana said that he would regularly monitor implementation of all nutrition interventions in the district in order to ensure smooth implementation for better results.

While sharing plans for capacity building of the DCCN, Program Manager AAP said that Task Force Secretariat for AAP is planning to facilitate Deputy Commissioners to establish nutrition cells. In this regard, UNICEF Pakistan is offering support for equipping the Nutrition Cell with technical and Human Resources. Furthermore, Program Manager AAP also reminded the forum of Chief Secretary’s (Sindh) notification for Sub-Divisional Coordination Committees for Nutrition(SCCN), and then requested DC Larkana to direct Assistant Commissioners(ACs) to conduct SCCN meetings on regular basis since it will enable the chair of DCCN to oversee effectiveness of implementation at field level.

At the end of DCCN meeting, certificates were distributed among participants who had completed a training program for managing patients (SAM cases) at Nutrition Stabilisation Centres, established under European Union funded Program for Improved Nutrition in Sindh(PINS).

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District Coordination Committee for Nutrition

On Friday (29 November) District Coordination Committee for Nutrition (DCCN) meeting was held in a Darbar hall DC office Larkana. The meeting was chaired by Deputy Commissioner Mr Mohammad Noman Siddique along with Program Manager AAP Mr. Dr. MB Raja Dharejo. Mr. Asghar Soomro and Mr. Shafiq Jamro from Provincial Task Force Secretariat for AAP also participated in the meeting.

Assuring his full cooperation DC Larkana said that he would regularly monitor implementation of all nutrition interventions in the district in order to ensure smooth implementation for better results.

While sharing plans for capacity building of the DCCN, Program Manager AAP said that Task Force Secretariat for AAP is planning to facilitate Deputy Commissioners to establish nutrition cells. In this regard, UNICEF Pakistan is offering support for equipping the Nutrition Cell with technical and Human Resources. Furthermore, Program Manager AAP also reminded the forum of Chief Secretary’s (Sindh) notification for Sub-Divisional Coordination Committees for Nutrition(SCCN), and then requested DC Larkana to direct Assistant Commissioners(ACs) to conduct SCCN meetings on regular basis since it will enable the chair of DCCN to oversee effectiveness of implementation at field level.

At the end of DCCN meeting, certificates were distributed among participants who had completed a training program for managing patients (SAM cases) at Nutrition Stabilisation Centres, established under European Union funded Program for Improved Nutrition in Sindh(PINS).