SPRING/Haiti Builds Health Worker Capacity Using On-the-Job Training Approach

SPRING/Haiti Builds Health Worker Capacity Using On-the-Job Training Approach

On June 24-28, 2013, 22 health workers from six hospitals convened in Petit Goave, Haiti for a training of trainers (TOT) led by SPRING/Haiti and the Ministère de la Santé Publique et de la Population (MSPP). The training was on a new infant and young child feeding (IYCF) training package that utilizes an on-the-job training methodology. This innovative training package is designed for master trainers from each facility to train health workers on-site over approximately ten weeks using a series of concise and practical two- to three-hour modules. The training materials were jointly developed by SPRING/Haiti and the MSPP.

During the TOT, the participants extensively worked through the training package’s content and devised plans for how they will use the package to train health workers at their workplace. Grounded in adult learning theory and with content based off of globally recognized technical trainings, the package included a mix of didactic and hands-on training sessions, including debunking common myths related to IYCF, and practicing the provision and observation of nutrition counseling. The TOT also focused on equipping the health workers with the necessary skills for how to train other health workers using on-the-job methodology. After successfully completing the TOT, the now master trainers will roll-out the training package at their respective six hospitals, reaching a total of approximately 250 health workers in the coming months.

This training is part of SPRING/Haiti’s work to expand the integration of the nutrition assessment, counseling and support (NACS) approach in Haiti. To learn more about SPRING/Haiti activities, click here.