Nutrition specialist and long-time CWS colleague, Julia Suryantan, visited the CWS team in Myanmar recently to help review progress to date, and advise on improvements for best practice implementation, for nutrition activities in 15 Maubin Township villages in the Ayeyarwaddy region in the country’s Southwest.
Julie visited five communities and met with secular and religious leaders, community midwives, mothers of children younger than five years of age (<5) and their husbands, plus pregnant women and grandmothers, to understand more about their knowledge and beliefs about infant and young child feeding, other young child caring practices, diets for pregnant women and lactating mothers, families’ daily eating habits and food choices (options). Julia, an experienced nutrition educator, also observed CWS team members led education sessions, and then she walked around each village to get a perspective on housing, latrine coverage, water sources, available foods, and snack shops that school children frequent. Importantly, Julia also supported screening and identification of < 5 children most in need of nutrition support with using a baseline survey tool she helped design. Finally, to expand her review and inform her recommendations for CWS nutrition initiatives in Myanmar, she also joined with staff members to brainstorm ways to improve inputs, activities (process) and regular monitoring and assessments to help ensure positive outputs and progress, for which a solid work plan is now in place with expectations of good results in a year from now, and along the way, for Maubin families. (For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org )