Community health worker goes for a home visit
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Pneumonia is the single biggest infectious killer of children under-five worldwide. In many low- and middle-income countries, community health volunteers (CHVs) play a critical role in supporting practices that protect young children from pneumonia such as breastfeeding, diet diversity, hand washing, and using health services. However, the quality of counseling CHVs provide around pneumonia prevention is unclear. In Kenya, USAID Advancing Nutrition conducted formative research to understand the quality and coverage of CHV counseling on childhood nutrition and pneumonia-related behaviors in Turkana County. 

The formative research findings report will recommend to the Kenya Ministry of Health (MoH) modifications to the current community health care service delivery strategy to strengthen CHV counseling and inform potential areas for learning in nutrition and childhood pneumonia prevention and care. Additionally, USAID Advancing Nutrition will work closely with USAID and counterparts at the Kenya (MoH) and Turkana County to define a follow-on activity that will provide support to strengthen community level counseling related to childhood pneumonia and nutrition, in the context of Kenya’s integrated community case management (iCCM) program.

USAID Advancing Nutrition is piloting a new counseling package for community-level counselors and health care providers that focuses on promoting responsive care and early learning. 
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