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About TOTO VOICE NETWORK

Toto Voice Network (TVN) Uganda is a Social-Enterprise creating awareness on the importance of a child’s best start in life through training parents using radio, social media, community and health-center outreaches.

TVN Uganda acknowledges the fact that Early Childhood Development(ECD) is a complex and seemingly expensive to many parents, therefore we have broken it down into seven programs easy for parents to adopt namely; 

In this program TVN Uganda focuses on informing preschool teachers, parents, caregivers, families and communities that babies should be talked to even before birth and continued all through childhood development. Experts show that by the time a mother is 5 months pregnant her baby’s inner ears have fully matured so the baby is in position to hear everything being said on the outside.

TOTO Voice Network focuses on enlightening expecting mothers and nursing mothers and preschool teachers to talk to their children even when the early stages when the child is not in position to talk back. It is very important to inform the baby everything you do involving them; for example if you are feeding the baby, tell him/her that you are feeding her or if you are changing a diaper still tell him/her exactly want you are doing.

In this program TVN Uganda focuses on informing preschool teachers, parents, caregivers, families and communities that babies should be talked to even before birth and continued all through childhood development. Experts show that by the time a mother is 5 months pregnant her baby’s inner ears have fully matured so the baby is in position to hear everything being said on the outside.

TOTO Voice Network focuses on enlightening expecting mothers and nursing mothers and preschool teachers to talk to their children even when the early stages when the child is not in position to talk back. It is very important to inform the baby everything you do involving them; for example if you are feeding the baby, tell him/her that you are feeding her or if you are changing a diaper still tell him/her exactly want you are doing.

This program looks out for children’s health issues and work hand in hand with preschool teachers and directors, parents and caregivers. It focuses on reducing the communicable diseases among children both in preschool and those still at home especially flu and cough, disease free water, immunization, physical checks, safe food, proper washing of children’s utensils both the school going and little ones still breastfeeding , and first aid i.e. keeping a thermometer.

It will ease access to the following:

  • Quality primary health care services
  • Safe water and sanitation facilities at household.
  • Environmental health

With an aim of rising new generations of children who respect their health, drink enough water and also preserve the environment; encourage tree planting on every child’s birth day.

Key Family Care Practices

  1. Ensure that every pregnant woman visits ANC eight times, being supported to seek care while pregnant, at time of delivery, after delivery and during the lactation period.
  2. Ensure that pregnant women and children sleep under ITNs every night and accept to have their houses sprayed for mosquitoes by authorities.
  3. Ensure that men are involved in offering care to women during pregnancy, childbirth, after birth and when accessing family planning.
  4. Avoid unwanted pregnancies and ensure appropriate interval/spacing of children by using appropriate contraceptive methods.
  5. Notify the birth of a child for registration as soon as soon as possible after birth and obtain a birth certificate.
  6. Keep the newborn warm, umbilical cord and skin clean and dry and recognise low weight (small), sick babies and those at risk of HIV infection and seek appropriate care.
  7. Take children five times before their first birthday to complete a full course of immunisation (BCG, DPT, DPV, pneumonia and measles). Ensure adolescent girls receive HPV starting at the age of 10 years/primary 4 girls.
  8. Breastfeed all babies exclusively until the age of 6 months.
  9. Starting at 6 months of age, feed babies on freshly prepared energy and nutrient-rich complementary foods, while continuing to breastfeed the baby until two years of age or longer.
  10. Give children, adolescents and women adequate amounts of micro-nutrients and de-worm them.
  11. Always wash hands with clean water and soap before preparing/serving/eating meals, before feeding children, after disposal of faeces, including children’s and after usin  the latrine/toilet.
  12. Promote mental and social development during early childhood (0-8 years) through responsive and stimulating care by talking, playing, showing affection and providing a stimulating learning and safe environment.
  13. Monitor growth and recognise children’s developmental challenges and capabilities for timely intervention and management.
  14. Protect and respond to neglect and abuse of children and women, including harmful social norms such as Female Genital Mutilation/cutting, rape, defilement and child marriage.
  15. Enrol and keep children in school until the age of 18.
  16. Ensure wellness and proper development of adolescents by supporting and encouraging them to use adolescent and youth-friendly services including getting information about Sexually Transmitted Infections/Diseases (STIs/STDs), HIVAIDS and contraception.
  17. Protect children from early pregnancy (including abortions) and other risks by supporting and talking to them to delay sexual relations, avoid smoking, drinking alcohol and taking drugs.
  18. Recognise when a child, adolescent or pregnant woman needs psychosocial support and seek timely medical and appropriate care.
  19. Give children and pregnant women appropriate home treatment during sickness and recovery.
  20. Follow the health workers’ advice about taking medication, treatment, follow-up visits and referral.
  21. Continue to feed and offer more fluids, including breast milk, to a child when sick.
  22. Give children and pregnant women appropriate home treatment during sickness and recovery.

This program focuses on raising awareness on how best babies can be nursed, information on exclusive breast feeding and breast milk components, complementary breast feeding, child diet, baby menu formation and health eating.

This training is done in hospitals right after child birth and mothers, fathers and care givers present are taken through the right breast feeding practices and child feeding.

This is the act of making your house or home safe for the baby right away after birth to the age of 8 years and above when the child can fully make mature decisions. At preschool level, it is the act of making the classroom and play area safe for all children considering their physical abilities and level of activity done by a particular child.

Child safety measures change as the child grows, the more the child becomes mobile the more the need of proofing. When the baby can finally move from one place to another, the entire house should be free of small and sharp objects that the child may swallow

“Once upon a time, a lady in Kole district went with her two children to the garden, one was almost 4 years of age and the other was about 6 months old. When she reached the garden, she got a shade under a tree where she left the children and started farming about 50 meters from where the kids were. Later in the day, a timber (very huge snake) came to were the kids were and the 4 year old starting shooting crying for some help. Their mother heard her clearly but didn’t believe the little girl, when the snake started swallowing the little one; the older ran to the mother in shook. Surprising what was happening enough her mother started beating her and yelling at her. Someone farming in the neighborhood heard and came to see what was happening, on reaching she found the baby fully swallowed by the timber and called for help when it was too late… “Told to me by a fellow passenger on my way from Fort portal.”

This is the act of making your house or home safe for the baby right away after birth to the age of 8 years and above when the child can fully make mature decisions. At preschool level, it is the act of making the classroom and play area safe for all children considering their physical abilities and level of activity done by a particular child.

Child safety measures change as the child grows, the more the child becomes mobile the more the need of proofing. When the baby can finally move from one place to another, the entire house should be free of small and sharp objects that the child may swallow.

OUR LOVING & PASSIONATE TEAM

Naturinda Catherine

Founder & Executive Director

My name is Naturinda Catherine. I am a mother and my heart beats for every child. Luckily enough even children love me. My friends claim I have a magnet that attracts there children to me.

I am a computer Scientist by profession, with a life purpose of bettering the state of early childhood development in Africa, FACTS AS OPPOSED TO MYTHS. Narratives like “If you eat well during pregnancy you will have to under go a C-section, Don’t wash the new born baby’s code etc.” Such narratives are to totally be eliminated from our communities, many facts are taken as rumors which makes it hard for the parents to implement them.

Viola Nuwaha

Digital Operations Director

My name is Viola Nuwaha. I love reading books but not as much as I love building a better future for the Ugandan child. I hold a masters degree in Computer Science with a dream of using technology to bring ECD knowledge to the reach of every parent.

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