CS-SUNN TRAINS 400 HEALTH WORKERS IN PLATEAU STATE; HEALTH-WORKERS ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT NEW INNOVATION OF SERVICE DELIVERY THOUGH PHONE DEVICE:

CS-SUNN TRAINS 400 HEALTH WORKERS IN PLATEAU STATE; HEALTH-WORKERS ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT NEW INNOVATION OF SERVICE DELIVERY THOUGH PHONE DEVICE:

We are excited to bring you news from Plateau state that CS-SUNN under the ANRiN project has successfully trained 400 Community Volunteers (CVs), Supervisors, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Health Workers on the Seven Basic Package of Nutrition Services (7BPNS) and operation of the Data application on the ANRiN Mobile Application. Led by the Network for Health Quality and Development (NHED), CS-SUNN in collaboration other consortium partners (Crown Agent and Sterling Bank) conducted a training for 400 Health Workers across seven local government areas of Plateau state on the 7BPNS and ANRiN Mobile application from the 27th of October to the 10th of November, 2021. The training was held in four batches covering Barkin Ladi, Bassa, Bokkos, Jos East, Jos North, Jos South and Riyom Local Government Areas of the state.

Declaring the training open, the Commissioner for Health, Plateau state Dabiyak Damulak represented by a Director in the Ministry said the state was lucky to be among the beneficiaries of the ANRiN project. He urged participants to acquire necessary skills and knowledge from the training in order to contribute their quota to addressing the health issues in the state. The NHED Country Director, Dr. Emmanuel Sokpo, in a welcome remark said stakeholders must work collectively to ensure the successful implementation of the project in Plateau

During the training, a presentation on the 7BPNS was made by CS-SUNN Nutrition specialist. The NHED-ANRiN Monitoring and Evaluation expert trained participants on the mobile data application process. Other presentations were made on the 7BPNS commodities and their indicators, roles and responsibilities of Community Health Workers and Community Health Influencers, Promoters and Services (CHIPS) agents, how to make requisition for BPNS commodities, how to manage BPNS commodity stock-outs.

The sessions also covered practical trainings; role play as well as field visits to Howlsha Primary Health Centre (PHC), Tudun/Wada PHC, Kabong PHC, Settelight Market PHC, Bukury PHC, Rayfield PHC, Awangwa Mission PHC, Angle D PHC to test run the use of the app.  Commodities received by the beneficiaries include; android mobile phone with pre-installed ANRiN Mobile App, Albendazole 200mg tablet, Albendazole 400mg tablet, SP 500/25mg and Zinc ORS. Some of the participants were excited about the whole exercise. They disclosed that it was their first time handling/using android phones and expressed satisfaction in learning the new innovation of service delivery through android phone.

It is expected that with the knowledge garnered, Community Volunteers and Supervisors after receiving commodities will proceed to their assigned wards to commence the process of house-to-house distribution (according to the beneficiary lists in that ward) whilst collecting and storing data in the mobile app. This procedure will also be replicated at selected public and private health facilities in Plateau. In the end, data collated will be shared with ANRiN State Team and the Headquarters.

The Accelerating Nutrition Results in Nigeria (ANRiN) project is a 3-year project aimed at improving the nutritional status of under 5 children, adolescent girls and pregnant women through the provision of Basic Package of Nutrition Services to communities in seven LGAs of the seventeen in the Plateau state. The project intends to deliver nutrition services in the communities through CVs, Health Facilities (Public and Private) and Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) prioritizing the under-served and hard-to-reach communities. Progress will be tracked on monthly basis to ensure target beneficiaries are reached with necessary interventions. The overall project objective of ANRiN Project is to increase utilization of quality, cost-effective nutrition services for pregnant and lactating women, adolescent girls and children under five years of age in 12 high malnutrition burden states of Nigeria, representing the six geographical zones of the country.

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