Ever thought an egg could save a child’s life? Or motivate her mom to care for herself?
SPF Community Healthworker at Nkumandeni clinic.
You’re not alone in (in)correctly thinking this might not be the case. However, thanks to the initiative and ingenuity of our partners and programme managers (and with some serious scientific back up) we are global pioneers in preventing malnutrition in infants and caring for new mothers with this new method.
How it works:
mothers are encouraged to attend mentor mom groups sessions, growth monitoring sessions and keep up to date with both their child’s immunisation schedule as well as exclusively breastfeed for six months.
At Nkumandeni village, mothers are encouraged to attend six mentor mom group sessions. After every two sessions (which include growth monitoring: weighing baby and plotting her growth in her chart) mothers are rewarded for and incentivised to return by being given a tray of eggs. It has been proven that once a child is old enough for solids, an egg a day will prevent malnutrition. Provision of eggs begins once pregnant women have joined their mentor mom groups. In this way, expectant mothers receive the nutrients they need to grow a healthy child, and maintain their own health and wellbeing. Once baby is born, mom still has eggs in order to meet the nutritional requirements her body has in order to produce enough breast milk for her new baby, and then, at six months, baby begins her daily egg regime.
Exclusive breastfeeding is also encouraged.