This two-page job aid helps community volunteers in Nigeria conduct community infant and young child feeding (C-IYCF) support groups after they receive their training on IYCF.
|Task:||Conducting a community infant and young child feeding (C-IYCF) support group|
|Completed by:||IYCF support group facilitator|
|Purpose:||To conduct an IYCF support group meeting after completing IYCF training|
|When to perform:||Monthly (or more frequently, but regularly)|
|Materials needed:||IYCF counseling cards, C-IYCF counseling register, C-IYCF support group member register|
|1.||Two weeks or more before the meeting, identify and invite new mothers and other community members to the meeting. Clearly state the time and place to meet.|
Encourage all past training participants, and anyone who is interested, to attend.
If possible, encourage regular participation, and hold the meeting at the same time and place.
Groups larger than 12 participants should ideally be split into two groups.
|2.||Before the meeting, prepare the topic or theme selected at the last meeting. Review the key message booklet and/or training materials.||Prepare more than one theme or topic. For example, if mostly pregnant women attend, talk about breastfeeding. If mostly breastfeeding women attend, talk about complementary feeding.|
|3.||Arrive early. Arrange the seats in a circle so all participants will feel included.||If possible, ask someone to watch the older children during the meeting.|
|4.||More than 12 people arrive for the meeting.||If more than 12 participants attend a meeting, welcome everyone. But, as soon as a new facilitator is trained, divide participants into groups of 12 or fewer.|
|5.||Greet each person as they arrive. Introduce yourself. Ask their name and their children's names. Invite them to find a comfortable seat.|
|6.||When everyone is seated, welcome them, including the children. Repeat your name. Ask your supervisor to introduce herself/himself.||Remind everyone why this group is meeting and that any community member is welcome to attend.|
|7.||Sit in a circle. Ask everyone to introduce themselves and their children.||Sitting in a circle will allow the facilitator to have eye contact with all participants and make everyone feel included and comfortable.|
|8.||Remind participants that they must not repeat or discuss anything confidential said during the meeting.||Remind participants that everyone can speak honestly.|
|9.||Show the group the counseling card or other image related to the topic/theme for the session.||If the image is not clear, briefly describe the topic.|
|10.||Ask the group if this topic is acceptable. If the topic is acceptable, go to the next step. If the topic is not acceptable, ask the group what topic they want to discuss.||Confirm that the topic is acceptable for most participants. If you are comfortable with the topic, continue the session; otherwise, tell the group you will discuss that topic at the next|
Ask the group questions to encourage a discussion about the topic.
Remember to use the “Listening and Learning and Building Confidence and Giving Support” skills from your training manual such as:
During the session:
|If there are any outstanding questions or issues, seek clarifications from your supervisor or an expert. Be sure to address these questions and issues as soon as possible or at the next meeting|
At the end of the meeting:
|14.||Ask anyone who wants individual counseling to remain behind.||If he/she cannot stay, plan when you will meet them later.|
|15.||Complete the documentation for the completed session.|
Task is complete when—