29 May 2024

SBCC intervention material for PSNP public work clients

PSNP5 contributes to the Food and Nutrition Policy (2018) and Food and Nutrition Strategy (2021) by ensuring that vulnerable households with malnourished children are adequately targeted in safety net initiatives; improving the nutritional value of the food basket with the addition of pulses or the equivalent cash value; enhancing the implementation of nutrition-sensitive public works; introducing soft conditionalities related to attendance at Social Behavioral Change Communication (SBCC) events or uptake of other services, to increase positive health-seeking behavior and using the single registry to identify and refer households for health fee waiver services. The frontline workers, HEWs, and the DAs/ AEWs, with the support of social workers, community facilitators, and Nutrition Champions - wherever they are available - shall schedule the SBCC sessions throughout the Public Works implementation. Recognizing that addressing nutrition challenges is the responsibility of the whole family and the wider community, participation in SBCC is expected to be a core Public Works responsibility. This counseling material for SBCC is thus intended to equip frontline workers with skills to facilitate and implement the six, 2-hour, SBCC sessions, covering topics on Social Development and Gender (SDG), Maternal Nutrition (MN), Breast-Feeding (BF), Complementary Feeding (CF), Early Child Development (ECD), Water, Hygiene and Sanitation (WASH), Household Resource Management (HRM), Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture (NSA) and Harmful Traditional Practices (HTP); in addition to encouraging Public Work clients to optimize the use of both local and transferred resources for improved health, and nutrition of children and pregnant and lactating women. Moreover, the SBCC material is developed to ensure information is accessible and communicated in a way that is appropriate for Public Work clients as stipulated in the PIM of PSNP5. Protection from harmful practices (HPs) is also mainstreamed into several sectoral policies and strategies. The Ministry of Health(MoH) recognizes that FGM is a violation of human rights and banned the medicalization of FGM in all public and private medical centers and facilities in January 2017. While running this session, the module requires to be especially mindful of the importance of engaging boys and men as active agents promoting alternative masculine norms and behaviors.