e-Course on Public Health Development for ICDS officials
Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Delhi
Gurugram, Haryana, India
Indian Institute of Public Health
- Develop an understanding of core strategies in implementation of ICDS program in India.
- Develop a sound knowledge base on core principles of adolescent, maternal and child nutrition.
- Acquire technical skills on screening, detection, management and prevention of undernutrition in adolescents, women in the reproductive age group and children.
- Develop counselling skills and sound understanding of social and behaviour change communication in order to bring about change in health and nutrition practices in the community.
- Develop core competencies in planning, management, monitoring and evaluation of nutrition programs.
Community based approaches have been the mainstay of interventions to address the problem of maternal and child malnutrition in developing societies. Community based care delivered through health care workers like anganwadi workers, (AWW), auxillary nurse midwives (ANM) and accredited social health activists (ASHA), can have a vital impact on maternal and child health and nutritional status. However, there is an urgent need to facilitate proper training and handholding of frontline workers, their supervisors and their managers to empower them with knowledge, appropriate skills and motivation to serve the community. With its workforce of anganwadi workers (AWW), ICDS is a comprehensive scheme of Government of India and aims at enhancing survival and development of children. In spite of a well conceptualized program, systematic weaknesses, logistical gaps, resource scarcity, and poor utilization continue to hamper progress and affect the outcome of the program. This eCourse aims to update current knowledge, strengthen the technical capacity on reproductive and child health nutrition and enhance the managerial skills of the service providers and officials working under the ICDS program.
By the end of this course, the participants will be able to
Teaching and Training Methodology:
The course will be delivered in the hybrid/blended learning mode, through online platform, i.e. through a mixture of recorded and live e-learning sessions that will be conducted by faculty members with students logging in from their location. The greatest advantage of eLearning is that students can learn at their own pace. The offline components of the course (a written manual) will be complemented by online lectures (online sessions using power-point presentations).
The course is open to:
Applicants (Indian Candidates) currently engaged with Ministry of Women and Child Development, State departments of women and child development and specifically working with the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS). Eligible candidates will be screened by a selection committee based on their application and statement of purpose. The decision of selection committee will be final.