Participants at the national training of trainers on Maternal infant and young child nutrition training course at keffi

By Franca Ofili, NAN.

The Federal Government is building the capacity of frontline workers and stakeholders to provide optimal Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN) communication and services to Nigerians.

The eight days capacity building, taking place at the National Training of Trainers on MIYCN in Keffi, Nasarawa State, is to help the trainers to understand and learn how to implement and promote different feeding practices among mothers
and families across different communities.

Mrs Ladidi Bako-Aiyegbusi, the Director and Head of Nutrition Division, Federal Ministry of Health, said during the training on Wednesday that the initiative was to educate participants about good nutrition-related behaviour and improve nutrition outcomes for children.

According to her, participants should be able to describe the nutrition trends and list common nutritional problems in the country
at the end of the training.

Bako-Aiyegbusi said that MIYCN was to maximise impacts on child growth and micronutrient status by focusing on maternal nutrition, delivery practices, and improved infant and young child feeding.

She explained that “MIYCN has outlined the interventions and approaches that will improve nutrition of pregnant and lactating women; early initiation of breastfeeding with exclusive breastfeeding for six months.

“It has also outlined the promotion, protection and support for continued breastfeeding with appropriate food supplementation.”

The director said that the nutritional challenges in the country include “poor dietary quality, high prevalence of malnutrition in all its forms, limited data to assess nutrition situation, and inadequate progress in meeting the 2030 nutrition targets.”

She, therefore, listed the focus areas of the capacity training to inclde breastfeeding, complementary feeding, feeding sick infants and young children and infant feeding in the context of HIV.

Other areas, she said, are: women and adolescent nutrition, as well as counselling, coaching and mentoring skills.(NAN)

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