What impact have you had?
Being an idea we can not determine the impact.But the impact we had during the past few generations where they practiced traditional feeding practices and consumption behavior pattern that resulted healthy children through continious breast feeding and good food consumption behavioral patterns utilizing the ingreidients of their envirnment.Hence we can expect the same impact once we could offer the knowledge and awareness to the present generations
We expect to address those issues in an innovative manner introducing an easy to access and reachable knowledge dissemination system and e-learning methodology for pregnant /nursing mothers at maternal clinics which is the most convenient place to them to learn where they spend around two waiting hours fortnightly before and after the delivery until they get the opportunity to see the public health service providers. This would be an innovative and unique initiative to introduce a digital learning system in their own language with a touch button screen. In this attempt we intend to address the issue of cultural, eating and behavioral changes, awareness on nutritious values of supplementary food that could be found within their vicinity and forgotten traditional good practices of previous generations in addressing malnutrition among the target groups and sharing their knowhow and success stories with others.
Knowledge gained by pregnant and nursing mothers in good feeding and management practices used to address the causes for malnutrition by older generations [last three generations] in get rid of malnutrition and assured good health of mothers and children under 2 years old. Know how in utilization resources and low cost ingredients available in their environment to prepare innovative home based food preparation and recipes with high nutritive values and appropriate food preservation methods. A developed and effective easy to use communication system for receiving information, knowledge and gained literacy by village women to handle technology by themselves.
What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.
It is proved in the past that good management and food consumption patterns and practices applied for pregnant /nursing mothers at village level had been success in get rid of malnutrition and maintain good health among children under years old. These practices have already being forgotten and disappearing from the society due to lack of knowledge and practices at house hold level. Hence introducing these methods and recipes for the present generation will may not attractive in the initial stages of the first year but once they start preparing the food in accordance with the recipes and follow up discussions with their elders at households and interaction with other s will promote this an attempt being an interesting and popular mode of obtain information.
Upgrading the content with the case studies and success stories will be more attractive for the target group. At this stage we would like to raise funds by promoting private sector services and products for upgrading the activities by introducing a wider and larger screen with multimedia to make it more attractive and wider usage.
The outcome of the first 2 years will be enable us to replicate this in other areas to make it the most popular source for dissemination of information for pregnant/nursing mothers. In this stage the popularity of the activities would attract private sector service providers to promote their products that definitely ensure the sustainability of this project.
What would prevent your project from being a success?
The present day products in the competitive market by the multimillion companies to address these issues will make use of their resources, especially the medical practioners to raise opinions against these traditional food preparation and recipes. The reluctant of village mothers to come forward to make use of the new technology due to their cultural and educational gaps and barriers. The limitation of services due to the small size of the screen which can cater only 3-4 mothers at a time and inability to get the desired e learning content individually at a time they could manage and convenient as they mostly have to depend on the needs of the person operate first.