Democratic Republic of the Congo – FH Care Group Curricula

Please note that these modules were developed based on the best technical guidance during the time that they were published. As the modules must be adapted based on location, language and culture, they also need to be reviewed for technical content and updated as appropriate.

If using these materials in your program, please acknowledge FH (using this logo), the authors, and appropriate USAID agency as noted in the acknowledgments of each document.

The following care group modules were developed by Food for the Hungry for care groups  of 10-12 women.  The materials are designed to teach household- level behaviors to prevent maternal and child malnutrition and death.   Each module contains a A3 flip chart with a corresponding A4 lesson plan.  The materials are used to teach mothers in small groups once every two weeks for up to two years.   Games, activities and discussions noted in the flip chart are described in detail in the corresponding lesson plan.

FH uses a pictorial lesson format to help low-literate volunteers teach adult learners.  Watch this interactive presentation to learn more.

Module 1: Care Group Orientation and Essential Nutrition Action (ENAs). This module introduces the care group model, discusses nutrition for pregnant and lactating mothers, anemia prevention, and breastfeeding.

  • (2012) Flipchart in Swahili
  • (2012) Flipchart (Key Messages only) in English
  • Lesson Plan unavailable

Module 2: ENAs: Complementary Foods and Micro-nutrients (6 Lessons): This module provides education about complementary feeding, good feeding practices, Vitamin A, nutrient rich foods and growth monitoring.

  • (2012) Flipchart  in Swahili
  • (2012) Flipchart (Key Messages only) in English
  • Lesson Plan unavailable

Module 3: Essential Hygiene Actions (EHAs): Personal, Environmental Hygiene & Management of Diarrhea (6 Lessons): This module includes diarrhea prevention,  hand washing, creation of a Tippy-Tap (hand washing station), disposal of feces, de-worming, water purification, proper feeding of sick children, and proper food storage.

  • (2013) Flipchart in Swahili
  • (2013) Flipchart (Key Messages only) in English
  • (2013) Lesson Plan in French

Module 4: Malaria and Parasites (6 Lessons): This module discusses malaria transmission and prevention,  parasite transmission, prevention and treatment.

  • (2014) Flipchart (revised) in Swahili
  • (2014) Flipchart (Key Messages only) in English
  • (2014) Lesson Plan in French and (2010 draft) in English*

Module 5: Acute Respiratory Infections (6 Lessons): This module includes the prevention and treatment of ARIs including tuberculosis and pneumonia and proper feeding of sick children.    Finally, the module prepares the care group volunteers for graduation  and maintenance of care groups after the completion of all six modules of training.

Module 6: HIV/AIDS and Preventing Mother-to Child-Transmission (6 Lessons): This module introduces HIV and AIDS, transmission, prevention, testing, PMTCT, stigma and proper care of the chronically ill.

  • (2013) Flipchart in Swahili
  • (2013) Flipchart (Key Messages only) in English
  • (2013) Lesson Plan in French and (2010 draft) in English*

Module 7: Family Planning (4 lessons). This module introduces child spacing and encourages women to find the right family planning method or combination of methods that work for them among the following choices: LAM, Two Day Method, Cycle Beads and Health Facility Options.

  • (2014) Flipchart in Swahili
  • (2012) Flipchart (Key Messages only) in English
  • (2014) Lesson Plan in French and (2012 draft) English*

Module 8: Essential Care for Mothers and Newborns- Pregnancy and Postpartum: This module includes:  antenatal care, importance of health facility birth, postpartum and newborn care practices.

Module 9: Kitchen Gardens and Raising Small Animals: This module includes: simple guidance for setting up a nutritious kitchen garden for family consumption.  It also discusses care and housing for chickens and guinea pigs.


 

* Many of the flipcharts were simplified and revised in 2012-2014.  The English lesson plans from 2009-2010 (old drafts) do not reflect all of the changes in the translated documents.  

** The Swahili dialect for South Kivu (Sud Kivu) is slightly different than that of Katanga.  Modules 1-8 represent the Katanga dialect.  The translation was adapted for South Kivu only for Module 9. 

In DRC we also use agricultural materials in our care groups.  Visit the Agriculture page to learn more.