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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition
ISSN: 1606-0997
EISSN: 1606-0997
Vol. 22, No. 1, 2004, pp. 59-67
Bioline Code: hn04008
Full paper language: English
Document type: Case Report
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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, Vol. 22, No. 1, 2004, pp. 59-67

 en Bringing Together Viewpoints of Mothers and Health Workers to Enhance Monitoring and Promotion of Growth and Development of Children: A Case Study from the Republic of Congo
Tchibindat, Félicité; Martin-Prevel, Yves; Kolsteren, Patrick; Maire, Bernard & Delpeuch, Francis


In 1996, the Government of the Republic of Congo launched a pilot project to improve the child growth and development component of primary healthcare. The present study was carried out (i) to explore perceptions and practices of mothers and health workers regarding child growth, health, and development, and (ii) to design culturally-appropriate tools to enhance their monitoring and promotion. The study was carried out in two randomly-selected health centres in Brazzaville. Qualitative data collected included 16 focus-group discussions with 174 mothers, two focus-group discussions with 18 health workers, and 20 individual interviews with paediatricians or psychologists. The health workers reported that the main indicator of child growth was weight, while the mothers used broader concepts for evaluating growth and development of their toddlers. A strategy encompassing anthropometrics, developmental milestones, and acquisition of social skills was elaborated to enhance communication between health workers and mothers. A new growth chart was designed, and a new calendar of systematic visits, including key tasks and messages, was established. However, these new tools derived from the formative research still need to be carefully tested.

Infant growth; Infant development; Child growth; Child development; Nutrition; Health system; Perceptions; The Congo

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