Adventina and Alex participated in PDH sessions for 12 days. During that time, Adventina learned from another mother in her village about the best foods to feed her young child and how to prepare them into nutritious meals. On the first day, Alex weighed about 24 pounds.
At each session, Adventina fed him with nutrient-dense food cooked at the session, such as eggs, fish, and nuts, and gave him a balanced diet at home. After 12 days, he weighed more than 25 pounds.
Today, Alex is doing well and continues to gain weight at a healthy rate, which his mother attributes to the PDH classes. Adventina and Alex are among more than 1.5 million beneficiaries reached by ASTUTE through home visits, support groups, and counseling by health workers on topics such as child nutrition, exclusive breastfeeding, complementary feeding, early child development and hygiene and sanitation.
PDH in particular, which focuses on quick rehabilitation, sustained nutritional improvement, and prevention of future malnutrition, will reach 45 villages in Tanzania’s five lakes regions this year.
ASTUTE has demonstrated that when caregivers have a better understanding of the appropriate preparation of nutritious foods available in their community and better feeding practices, there is a great benefit to their children, families, and the entire community. PDH has been a significant catalyst for improving nutrition knowledge in Tanzanian communities.
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