The latest from our mentor moms in Newlands and Cuba.
The Mentor Moms and Vitamin Angels project, which aims to prevent and address nutritional stunting among infants and young children, does this by empowering pregnant woman early on in their pregnancies through antenatal classes and continued support up to two years after they have delivered their babies.
With Alan Wild as programme manager, assisted by Vuvu Ngcaba and Ruth Van Kets, the programme empowers young and expectant mothers through antenatal classes, providing support to pregnant woman and mothers of children, improving the attendance of ANC classes by providing support and incentives for woman to participate based on a stratified system, as well as through mentor moms alongside trained community healthcare workers, who dispense vitamin-mineral supplements to pregnant and or breast feeding woman who are participants in the project.
We have been very happy with the results. In the latest results, one of our mentor moms in Newlands, Pamela, has recruited 16 other mentor moms, of which four are breastfeeding and five are pregnant. Meanwhile, mentor mom, Ntumi Maqina, has done growth monitoring training at the Newlands Clinic for the Mentor Moms as well as the IDT Community Healthcare Workers. This was a great success and Ms Maqina is pleased to have had a refresher in this line of work, as she had also worked as a CHW in the past. Equipped with a scale and a MUAC tape, Mentor moms are attending the necessary clinic sessions, with eggs, which act as an incentive to attend ANC, being distributed soon.
The latest from our mentor moms in Masiphile and Ziqwaba
Another successful mentor mom who is showing great promise is Bongiwe, who has recruited around 15 moms. Four of these new mentor moms are pregnant, while nine women are breastfeeding.
Masiphile-based mentor mom, Ntumi Maqina, recently did growth monitoring training at the Masiphile Clinic for the Mentor moms as well as the IDT Community Healthcare Workers. Furthermore, local mothers are attending their clinic visits and are due to receive their eggs quite soon. The vegetable gardens grown as part of the programme are doing well, and the mothers are more enthusiastic as the gardens are now starting to produce food. We have also distributed vitamins to those women who are breastfeeding and pregnant, and we are pleased with how interested many of our moms are in starting their own businesses.