Health and Nutrition

Child survival


Healthy behaviours for a healthy life

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Community theatre is being used to help encourage behaviour change. Pictured: A Tamale-based theatre group performs at Aboabo Market.

A number of new family practices are needed to ensure children grow up healthy. UNICEF partnered with the Ghana Health Service to promote five key behaviors that could drastically reduce child morbidity and mortality:

1. Early initiation and exclusive breastfeeding
2. Having a skilled birth attendant at delivery
3. Sleeping under an insecticide-treated net
4. Washing hands with soap
5. Recognising the first symptoms of diarrhea and providing treatment

UNICEF is promoting these behavior change messages using community radio and theater, as well as house-to-house visits by health workers and volunteers. The program is being evaluated by a randomized control trial, and if proven successful will be scaled nationally.



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