least forty West Coast Region Multi-Disciplinary Facilitating Team (MDFTs)
members Friday concluded a-four-day training on 4+4 key household practices in
Bwiam, Foni Kansala district.
The training was organized by the health promotion and education of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and been funded by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) The Gambia.
Participants were drawn from the department of water resources, community development, forestry, agriculture, health, CBOs among others.
Manager of health promotion and education directorate Buba Darboe said 4+4 is a concept of behavior that families, individuals and communities have to practice to promote their own health and wellbeing. He urged participants to make best use of the knowledge gained from the training and to disseminate the information in their various communities for sustainability of the concept.
Director of health promotion and education Modou Njie said the promotion of these essential key family practices “4+4key family practices” seek to empower families by engaging community structures such as Village Support Groups (VSGs) to improve uptake, participation, ownership and caring practices for maternal and child health services in the country.
He said the concept is an intervention targeting village development committees and village support groups to promote hand washing with soap and running water, sleeping under insecticide treated net, exclusive breastfeeding, oral rehydration therapy (ORT), household water treatment, early care seeking for pneumonia (fast breathing), early and subsequent antenatal care and essential newborn care.
Mr. Njie stressed the need for MDFTs to filter down the training messages to their communities for the sustainability of the concept.
Regional community development officer Wandifa Drammeh called on the MDFTs to deliver as expected while conducting the step-down training with the village support groups. He urged the fifteen identified communities in the five districts of Foni to ensure that their village development committees ensure that eight members in their various village support groups are intact before the training proper.
He said this will help the village development committees in their supervision to ensure the promotion of the 4+4 concept in their respective communities.
UNICEF communication for development officer Momath Jallow assured of their continued support to the initiative. He said the initiative is yielding good result in improving the health status of Women and Children, while emphasizing the need for it sustainability.