Two Days Review of Districts and DNOS Training Workshop
(6-7 December, 2016)
Two-day district review and training workshop were arranged for Districts Nutrition Officers of seven programs focused districts. The objective of the workshop was to review the progress in light of district annual work plans and to conduct their training.The 1st day of the workshop district nutrition officers delivered a detailed presentation sharing progress, way-forward and constrains.
It was encouraging that despite of various constraints all the DNOs had established OTPs, started screening at the community level and formation of Mothers Support Groups was underway.
While in opening remarks Dr. Fahim Khan Program Manager BNPMC welcomed the DNOs and highlighted the importance of this two day training. He emphasized District Nutrition Officers to share the actual progress, challenges their solutions and way forward for the activities at district level.
In addition, he shared the last visit of PMU staff at World Bank Islamabad and informed the participants that PMU team had a brief meeting with the World Bank team. Due to security concerns, the World Bank team couldn’t visit PMU Quetta.
Dr. Latif Tareen Nutrition Specialist, delivered a detailed presentation on nutrition and done few very important exercises regarding self-awareness and knowledge sharing.
Besides, this Dr. Tareen briefed the participants on the findings of the National Nutrition Survey -2011 particularly nutrition indicators of Balochistan.
Syed Kazim Agha Information Management Officer (IMO) delivered a comprehensive presentation of Management Information System (MIS) tools, Data flow, Reporting tools & formats. He presented an analysis of data of each district for the month of October 2016. During the session, it was identified that some of the data received from districts have issues. In-order to avoid errors the DNOs were advised to personally check the reliability of the data before sending to PMU.
In connection of MIS training the Deputy Director (M&E), Dr. Abdul Qadir and M&E Specialist Iftikhar Shah briefed the participants on the importance of M&E for successful implementation of program program. They shared that the reporting mechanism and communication protocols. In addition, it was emphasized to DNOs for the record keeping at district level and similarly M&E focal persons will keep the record at PMU level. Dr. Abdul Qadir also shared the performance and appraisal indicators for DNOs which is totally related to their ToRs.
Abdul Qadir Program Specialistshared the status and upcoming of supplies. He informed that currently, 6547 cottons of RUTF, 160 cottons of MMS, 1504 cottons of Zinc are received from UNICEF and have been stored. Moreover, the program has received 4300 cottons of RUTF and distributed to districts as per PPHI plan.
Nadeem Shahid Behavior Change Communication (BCC) Expertdelivered a comprehensive presentation on BCC highlighting its importance in BNPMC. He clearly explained the responsibilities of DNOs and LHWs playing a key role in the implementation of BCC at field level. Mr. Shahid elaborated the steps of BCC and discussed the BCC model which will be used to enhance the knowledge of local community and to persuade them for behavior change and adoption of healthy behaviors. He delivered a detailed presentation on Inter Personal Communication (IPC) purpose of the presentation was to enhance the communication skills for an effective communication between colleagues, communities and stakeholders.
Furthermore, the participants were taught about barriers in communication and how to develop messages for a particular audience, and who to develop messages that how it will work efficiently while conveying the related messages among the target group and also involving the community for the dissemination of information at maximum outreach.
Habib-ur-Rehman Health & Nutrition Education Officer H&NEO conducted a session regarding NGO’s implementation strategy in the non-covered areas of the Project focused districts. There will be several constraints for NGOs in this regard; for instance, most of the areas of the districts are non-covered, where there are no basic infrastructures available.
The session included mapping exercise, situation analysis, Macro/Micro planning, approximately coverage of LHWs, proposed plan of action, role of DNOs to support NGOs, bottlenecks and recommendations. A comprehensive brainstorming was carried out by the participants to address the issues and ways forward
Dr. Hafeez Mengal Deputy Director, Technical briefed the participants on coordination mechanism highlighting its significance. He thoroughly discussed that how coordination is necessary for a profession while performing their responsibilities to different stakeholders. Coordination is one of the supreme factor which ultimately helps you in achievement of project goal and objectives. He advised to the participants for the timely and closely coordination with each other in order to minimize the communication and coordination gap.
The workshop was concluded by the Program Manager Dr. Fahim Khan. He appreciated the efforts of PMU staff for organizing of this important workshop. He also thanked the DNOs for attending and participating in tow-day progress review meeting and training. He thoroughly discussed and highlighted the program issues and gaps and emphasized to DNOs for playing an active role for the implementation of activities at district level. He ensured that PMU always will support the program at district level.