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Training grassroots health workers on Positive Deviance/Hearth

March 28, 2021 | 08:24

In this March, in Quang Ngai Province, World Vision Vietnam just organized a training course for grassroots health workers from Minh Long and Son Tay Districts on the Positive Deviance/Hearth (PDH) Model.

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Training grassroots health workers on Positive Deviance/Hearth
In Quang Ngai Province, World Vision Vietnam organized a training course for grassroots health workers from Minh Long and Son Tay Districts on the Positive Deviance/Hearth (PDH) Model.

Positive Deviance/Hearth (PDH) is a behavior change program used to rehabilitate underweight and wasted children without medical complications; sustain their rehabilitation; and prevent future malnutrition. A formative research is conducted to identify the major contributing factors to malnutrition in the community and a ‘positive deviant inquiry’ is used to identify local solutions.

Despite limited resources, some parents find ways to raise well-nourished children. Identifying and understanding what these ‘positive deviant families’ are doing differently in their feeding, hygiene, caring, and/or health-seeking practices from the parents of malnourished children in the same community is the foundation for this model.

Thus, it is even more essential to continue providing community-based nutrition services in times of COVID-19.

When applying the model, these key positive practices (local solutions) are shared with malnourished households through a 10- to 12-day practical education session called ‘Hearth’.

Malnourished children are fed a nutrient-dense meal during the session that is provided and cooked by the primary caregivers using low cost, local ingredients. The Hearth sessions are followed by 2-3 days/week of home follow-up visits for two weeks to help overcome barriers caregivers may face in practicing the new positive behaviors at home, thereby allowing children to escape malnutrition and grow up healthy.

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World Vision Vietnam carried out a series of communication events for 4,324 children from 10 schools in 5 project communes in Van Chan District, Yen Bai Province.

Elsewhere, in a nationwide effort to prevent COVID-19 infection, World Vision Vietnam carried out a series of communication events for 4,324 children from 10 schools in five project communes in Van Chan District, Yen Bai Province.

Through these events, children were equipped with basic knowledge and skills, including the Ministry of Health's 5K principles, proper hand-washing method, protective measures for safe Internet use, etc.

This activity was part of World Vision Vietnam's COVID-19 national response and recovery program. The program, with a budget of USD 800,000 has been supporting more than 1.7 million people in 35 Area Programs (present in 35 districts across Vietnam's 14 provinces and cities), of which 612,034 people are direct beneficiaries.

Vietnam has no new COVID-19 cases to report in the past 12 hours to 6pm of March 27, keeping the national count at 2,586, said the Ministry of Health.

Of the total, 1,603 are domestically-transmitted cases, including 910 infections since the third wave of outbreak hit the country on January 27./.

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