Training of Trainers for the Management of Anemia: A Community-Based Approach
The Deepalaya Integrated Rural Community Health Center (IRCHC) at Gusbethi organized a workshop for thirty-six (36) women from five (5) villages of the Sahsola Revenue Block at Mewat District Haryana. The theme was: “Anemia: Its Causes, Prevention and Management.” Anemia is widely prevalent in the area as per research conducted earlier by interns from Laval University. The workshop aimed at training women at the community-level with leadership roles in conducting health education intervention against anemia. This pool of trained women will in turn share their knowledge with other women’s groups in their respective villages.
The resource persons for this training were Ms. Audrey Grondin and Ms Marie Chantale Roy from Laval University, Canada, and Ms. Agnes from the United States who are currently interns and volunteers at IRCHC. They were ably assisted by the health staff of IRCHC. The first day of the training program focused on causes, identify signs, and the consequences of anemia. The second day of the training dealt more on ways to manage anemia, the concept of balanced diet, iron-rich food, community mobilization and communication skills.
A pre and post -workshop assessments were conducted to gauge the extent of knowledge transferred. It was heartening to see a considerable change in the old age notion about anemia and nutrition habit. The women received certificates proudly at the conclusion of the two-day workshop. They not only gained knowledge but also had an enjoyable experience participating in interactive activities like role plays, songs, dances and games.