Negros Oriental – Despite COVID-19 quarantine restrictions, the municipality of Basay recently had a series of training on the Idol ko si Nanay in support for this year’s nutrition month theme which emphasizes on stunting prevention and to kick off the ECCD F1K Program in the town. They are the first LGU of Negros Oriental to train their key health and nutrition personnel using the said module.
Conducted in three batches to conform with the Modified General Quarantine status of the Province of Negros Oriental, Basay was able to train 50 local health and nutrition workers on the use and modules of Idol ko si Nanay.
Municipal Nutrition Action Officer (MNAO) Dr. Jacqueline Ann B. Valencia emphasized during the training the importance of the First 1000 days as the golden window of opportunity of the child and instructed the midwives to strictly monitor the growth of children aging 0-23 months in their assigned barangays, with the help of their BNSs and BHWs, as stunting is irreversible as the child reaches the age of two.
Idol Ko Si Nanay is a complementary material of the IYCF counseling cards (Gabay sa Pagpapasuso at Pagpapakain ng Sanggol at Bata developed by DOH, NNC, and UNICEF) used as a tool for IYCF counseling. This facilitator’s guide can also complement other materials, interventions, and activities in the community that includes ECCD Council’s National Early Learning Curriculum and learning resource packages; POPCOM’s Responsible Parenthood; DSWD’s 4Ps Family Development Sessions (FDS) and Parent Effectiveness Service (PES); Nutrition Center of the Philippines’ Pabasa sa Nutrisyon; and other materials from development partners, among others.
The first batch was conducted on 15 July 2020 participated by midwives; the second batch was conducted on 16 July 2020 with NDPs as participants; and the third batch held on 29 July 2020 with barangay nutrition scholars and barangay health workers in attendance. ECCD F1K Program Coordinator of Negros Oriental Kristal Katrina Bacay and NDDP Rodney S. Zamora facilitated the activity.
These training and orientations were just the beginning of a series of learning sessions and activities that will be conducted in Negros Oriental. Continuous learning is part of behavioral change to update what has been learned. As the late Steve Jobs stated, “Learn continually – there’s always ‘one more thing’ to learn!”.
Nutrition stakeholders in Basay, Negros Oriental is hopeful that malnutrition specifically stunting will be lowered in the area with the municipality’s nutrition programs strongly focused on the First 1000 Days of the child. (Rodney S. Zamora, NDDP)