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IYCF support group Vis-à-vis MtMsG

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Anonymous 81

Public Health Nutritionist

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8 Sep 2014, 10:38

is there different between these two nomenclature? People are using them differently? There are clear guides on how to setup and run Mother-to-Mother Support Group (MtMsG) developed by PATH/USAID/IYCN. There are also guidelines by UNICEF about IYCF support group. so, is there a difference between these two in terms of setting up in the community, selection criteria of members, follow up and so on?

Addisu Kebede Daba

CMAM & IYCF specialist, consultant at UNICEF

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1 Mar 2015, 16:07

No there is no difference. We are not using them differently.

Mumuni Abdul-Fataw

Health Coordinator, Plan International Ghana

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30 Sep 2015, 14:19

well, mother-to-mother support plays dual roles (promotion of IYCF practices and other nutrition activities in communities) whilst IYCF support groups focus on mainly IYCF practices in their communities.

Thank you!

Abdul-Fataw

Madna

Nutrition Officer

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10 Jan 2016, 12:53

I appreciate that this has already been discussed and I have been trying to get this guides of how to run MtMsG, can any one share with me, currently there are several partners that are running MtMsG and every partner does in a way different than the other one, so this guide really helps to understand more.
Thank you

James Achanyi-Fontem, Cameroon Link

CEO, Cameroon Link

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11 Jan 2016, 09:09

No there is no difference. Cameroon Link does not use them differently. Mother-to-Mother Support plays dual roles, which are, promotion of IYCF practices and other nutrition activitifor es in communities, whilst IYCF support groups focus on mainly IYCF practices in their communities. In the first approach, problems related to the health of mothers is given more consideration, while the second approach targets problems related to infant and young child practice specifically. Very often in Cameroon, when mothers take their babies for medical checks, they forget to address problems facing their own health specifically. This means that the health worker should address issues of mothers and children together during consultation

Madna

Nutrition Officer

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11 Jan 2016, 11:26

Thank you, but we are still interested to get the guides on how to setup and run Mother-to-Mother Support Group (MtMsG) developed by PATH/USAID/IYCN. can any one have those guides, I would appreciate if I can get this so that I can give my email address.

Sameh Al-Awlaqi

Public Health and Nutrition Consultant

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11 Jan 2016, 13:56

Hi Madna,

Please have a look on the following link where you can download the manual(USAID/IYCN 2011): http://www.iycn.org/files/IYCN_Mother-to-Mother-Support-Group-Facilitator-Manual_0311.pdf
And this one-a bit old-(UN System Standing Committee on Nutrition 2003):http://www.unscn.org/layout/modules/resources/files/Mother_to_Mother_Support_Group_Methodology.pdf

Hope that helps!

Regards,

Sameh

Madna

Nutrition Officer

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11 Jan 2016, 18:56

Thank you so much Sameh,
it really helps and I appreciate the links, it has a rich information that I was looking for.
Best Regards.

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