Communication for Development Foundation Uganda (CDFU) on behalf of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) implemented Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) interventions addressing nutrition in the five SUN districts of Ibanda, Kabale, Kanungu, Nebbi and Pader. CDFU designed, implemented and monitored community-based promotive and preventive nutrition communication interventions in the target districts.
The overall goal was to improve knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding nutrition in 58 sub-counties of the 5 target districts – where the USAID Community Connector Project had no interventions. Specifically, the interventions focused on promoting positive nutrition practices such as early initiation of breastfeeding; exclusive breastfeeding; age-appropriate complementary feeding; as well as water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).
CDFU implemented the following interventions: mapping and profiling community-based groups and VHTs; selection and training positive deviants; training VHTs and special groups on Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) practices; training drama groups and staging forum theatre performances; dissemination of IEC materials; radio talk shows; food fairs; community dialogues and health facility activations. CDFU worked through existing local government structures at district and community levels to implement project interventions. These included: district local governments, leaders (religious, political, opinion), Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), and Drama Groups. In addition, CDFU worked with local government staff based at sub-counties especially CDOs, Health Assistants, Health Inspectors and Sub-county Chiefs to mobilize communities to take part in project interventions.
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