Last Mile Solutions: Distance Learning Transforms Action on Nutrition | World Vision

(birds chirping) (quick drum music) (singing in a local language) – My name is Nutifafa Glover. I am the Regional Nutrition
Officer for Volta Region. I grew up in this area, so
I take my work to heart. (lively drum music) (singing in a local language) Even though we are working hard, I could see malnutrition
still remains a big problem, with children growing up stunted and many too exhausted to work. The most frustrating aspects
of what I do is when, like, I put in so much… effort, intervention, but it’s not working. (pleasant music) (child coughs) – There’s a huge burden of undernutrition in developing countries
that’s largely preventable, and that’s what we’re really focused on. – The core challenge in nutrition is that we have all these global
initiatives now to scale up implementation of nutrition interventions, but a gap remains in
the capacity to deliver these interventions in
communities and households. – So because of the lack
of training opportunities and the lack of skilled
workers in nutrition in most developing countries, World Vision has developed two distance
learning courses in nutrition. They’re designed specifically
for staff who are leading the implementation of
nutrition interventions in developing countries. These courses are online,
but guided by a facilitator. So a group of a group of participants from different countries
and different organizations works through the lessons
together over a period of several weeks. (pleasant music) – When I heard about World
Vision Distance Learning in nutrition, so I felt
right away I wanted to be part of it. So I signed up. (pleasant music) Because the course is
online, I could keep working during the training,
fitting the coursework around my schedule. (pleasant music) (laughing) Yeah, you
could say I got into it. (pleasant music) When we were asked to
provide local statistics in terms of anaemia, I
realized that Volta Region is the highest in the country. Almost half of our people were affected. When I saw how bad the problem was, I knew we need to take action. The training also gave us new tools to tackle nutrition problems. We were given practical assignments and tools. That pushed us to consider what we can do at a community level. (pleasant music) Before the training, most of the time, we would wait for somebody
to come and support us before we do things on the ground. Now we have taken charge
of the problem locally. We’ve instituted monthly
monitoring of anaemia for pregnant women and
we’ve trained local midwives and community health nurses
on anaemia and good nutrition. (pleasant music) Another key insight I got
from the course is the value of building partnerships
and sharing resources with other groups working
on related issues. For example, we work with
Ministry of Agriculture to scale up home gardens to
promote iron-rich foods. The training has been easy
to scale up to the rest of our staff. Because it is online, we
can multiply the benefit with almost no additional cost. From there, my staff can
go out to the community and pass this knowledge on. We’ve already trained
over five hundred midwives and community health nurses. (quick drum music) (singing in a local language) – By closing the capacity gap that exists in front line nutrition
work, we can fully realize the potential impact of current
investment on nutrition. We need solutions now that
take learning opportunities directly to where they are needed. The World Vision Distance
Learning in nutrition program does exactly that. (quick drum music) (singing in a local language) – The next national survey is in 2019 and I think we can take Volta Region from the highest rate of anaemia in the country to the lowest. (drum beat abruptly stops) (singing stops) (birds chirping)

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