This project is built around 2 clustered Randomized Control Trials (cRCTs).
The intervention of PNN (Programme National de Nutrition), with technical support of HKI (Helen Keller International), combines in-group training sessions for children’s caregivers, home visits and community sensibilization, targeting all households with children 0-5 years old in each treated locality. Trainings are organized for groups of 15 caregivers, over an initial period of 10 months (one one-hour session per month), integrating topics on early childhood learning and stimulation, positive discipline and socio-emotional support with nutrition and hygiene messages, adapted from the “Care for Child Development” program. Refresher trainings follow for another 10 months. This is complemented with home visits (1-1.5 hour, once a month for each household), conducted by the same community agent who leads the in-group training, and locality-level sensibilization activities.
The Ministry of Woman, Family, and Child, with support of IRC (International Rescue Committee), provides formal in-group training sessions around the FMD (“Families Make a Difference”) curriculum, and encourages the organization of Communities of Practice (CoP). Formal trainings are organized for 25 caregivers of children 0-5 years old per village, once a week, for 11 consecutive weeks. In the fourth week, 5 beneficiary parents that are particularly active, interested and engaged will be selected to become voluntary parent leaders of a Community of Practice (CoP). Each will identify 3 additional parents with children 0-5 years old from the community (not already participating in the formal trainings). These 5 parent leaders + 15 parents identified by them will form a CoP, meeting together so leaders can share lessons learned during the formal training sessions.