The LISHE Ruvuma nutrition campaign in October 2017 emphasized child feeding practices. Among behaviours targeted include: Infant and Young Child Minimum Acceptable Diet (IYCMAD) that reflects both the minimum dietary diversity (MDD) and minimum meal frequency. In Ruvuma only 20% of children under five receive minimum acceptable diet so this is a key intervention in the Lishe Ruvuma program.

Community Development Officers and Community Health Workers provided nutrition education on the importance of meal frequency and dietary diversity in order to achieve minimum acceptable diet necessary for child’s health in the ongoing nutrition Campaigns in Tunduru. Communities were sensitized on the importance of eating a wide variety of foods, at correct amounts and frequencies to achieve and maintain a healthy body.

Community Development Officer in Tunduru District Council, Ms Jecylyne Mganga, demonstrating how to enrich local diets using a variety of locally available foods in Ngapa village.
Community Development Officer, Valentina Mapunda leading the demonstration of appropriate breastfeeding at Molandi Village, Tunduru.

WASH (also called Watsan, WaSH or WSH) stands for “Water, Sanitation and Hygiene”.  Affordable access to WASH is a key public health issue, especially in developing countries. Keeping hands clean by washing with soap and clean running water is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water.

Promoting  positive behaviours on WASH was key in the ongoing Mass Campaign in Tunduru. Communities were sensitized on washing hands with clean running water and soap using locally possible facilities such as Tippy Taps. Community Development Officers (CDOs) demonstrated the making and using of tippy taps in many villages of Tunduru. The same exercise was completed in Madaba and Songea last month.

CDO demonstrating how to use the tippy tap, Kidodoma Village in Tunduru, Ruvuma region.

Our campaigns are educational, fun, participatory and enjoyable while promoting male involvement in maternal and child health care.