Kizito Ndegeya, the Namutumba District nutrition focal person, presents on the nutrition situation in Namutumba, at the district review meeting on March 3, 2016.
Belinda Richardson of UC Davis, SPRING costing consultant, presents about costing methodology at the district review meeting on March 3, 2016.
A team of SPRING staff set off for the field to distribute materials to health facilities.
SPRING delivers materials to Mazuba Health Center (HC) II, which is run by a non-governmental organization.
Boxes of packaged micronutrient powders (MNPs) are stored at the SPRING office warehouses before being distributed.
All of the health workers involved with MNP distribution completed a five-day training, learning about the MNPs. After the MNPs and materials were dropped off at the health facilities, health workers were given short orientations (pictured here), in which they discussed counseling clients with these materials and introducing them to the MNPs. Top left: Namuwondo Health Center (HC) II Top right: Kigalama HC II Bottom left: Magada HC III Bottom right: Mazuba HC II
Caregivers with children aged 6 to 23 months are enrolled in the MNP program when they visit a health center. During enrollment, they receive instructions and counseling from the trained health workers. Clients learn what the different materials are, how to use the MNPs, what to do about possible side effects, and how to prepare food to which the MNPs can be added. From left to right, the first clients enroll at health centers: Kigalama Health Center II, Mazuba HCII-NGO, and Magada HCIII
There are many materials to help with MNP distribution: adherence calendars (foreground), a pile of 60-day packaged supplies of MNPs (middle), boxes holding MNP stickers and reminder cards (behind MNP pile). All of these materials, in addition to the M&E tools, are brought to the VHTs and health workers during distributions. After VHTs return to their villages, they distribute these materials to households, while health workers distribute these materials straight from the health facilities.
Jaberi Nangoye, SPRING monitoring and evaluation (M&E) assistant, conducts a training for village health teams (VHTs) on the materials associated with MNP distribution. Here, he explains how to fill out the stock card.
Jaberi Nangoye explains how to fill out the the SPRING MNP Distribution Log. This product, and the other documents used for documenting MNP use, are based off of the Ugandan Ministry of Health’s data collection tools. Because SPRING’s forms mirror the forms Ugandan health teams and health providers are familiar with using, the learning curve for using these tools is very short.
VHTs complete questionnaires about the costs associated with MNP distribution. This data, along with cost information from other stakeholders, is used to measure the resources required for distribution of MNPs.
VHTs working with SPRING to distribute MNPs to households in Bulange sub-county.
Rose Nakiwala, SPRING nutrition specialist, trains VHTs on the adherence calendar during a distribution event.
A VHT supervisor (left) helps train a VHT(right) on how to use the register.
A VHT goes over the materials related to MNP distribution during a training event.
Belinda Richardson of UC Davis, SPRING costing consultant, interviews health workers in Nsinze sub-county about the costs related with MNP distribution.