Toto Amagara

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.

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