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About Essential Nutrition Actions at Critical Stages in the Life Cycle of Women and Children

Practices and Behaviours Self Assessment Tools for Mothers During Pregnancy

Recommended ENAs for mothers during pregnancy Rating* Discuss and identify key gaps in the performance of recommended behaviours

Maternal Iron Deficiency Anaemia (IDA) control:

1. Malaria prevention and control:

All pregnant women:

  • Receive 2 doses of IPT during ANC:
    - First dose = 3 tablets SP once during 4th to 6th months of pregnancy.
    - Second dose = 3 tablets SP once during 7th to 9th months of pregnancy.
  • Treat fever promptly.
  • Sleep under insecticide treated mosquito nets (ITN).
  • Ensure that nets are treated at least twice a year.
Total 1: …..  
2. Maternal nutrition improvement:

All pregnant women:

  • Increase energy intake through one additional meal a day.
  • Have a varied diet (cereal/starchy roots plus animal foods/legumes/nuts plus fruit and strong coloured vegetable).
  • Reduce their workload.
  • Use daily iodized salt for all family members.
Total 2: …..  
3. Iron/Folic Acid or multiple micronutrient supplementation:

All pregnant women:

  • Take Iron/Folic Acid tablets on a daily base for six months (30 tablets/month x 6 months = 180 tablets in total).
  • Have enough supplies of Iron/Folic Acid to last to the next visit.
  • If found with pallor, they are treated with 2-3 tablets of Iron/Folic Acid per day for three months.

Note: Supplementation can continue even after delivery if the 6 months are not completed.

Total 3: …..  
4. De-worming:
  • All pregnant women receive one Mebendazole 500 mg two times during pregnancy at the same time as SP.
Total 4: …..  

Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission of HIV/AIDS:

  • All pregnant women go for HIV testing.
  • All HIV+ mothers are able to access PMTCT counselling on appropriate infant feeding options within an affordable distance according to AFASS criteria (Acceptable, Feasible, Affordable, Sustainable and Safe).
  • All HIV+ mothers are able to bring their partner for HIV testing and PMTCT counselling.
Total 5: .....  

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Rating: 0 = insufficient; 1 = fair; 2 = good; 3 = very good; 4 = excellent

14 September, 2019

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