On Wednesday, 26th March 2014, DAPP Malawi officials carried out a visit in Dowa to the project sites of the nutrition project which DAPP is implementing. The visit demonstrated the impact the project is having at community level and the progress the team has made as people were able to see the energy saving stoves in each and every household to all the areas they went, the home gardens, the support to People Living with HIV/Aids (PLWA). The village headmen were mentioning the work of DAPP volunteers in screening kids door-to-door to identify the malnourished kids.
The Project is targeting pregnant and lactating women, infants, children under 5, guardians with infants and children under 5 and People Living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA). DAPP-Malawi uses the usual door to door approach (house to house visitation) to indentify the targeted households and register pregnant mothers, lactating mothers and infants, providing nutrition and health education on exclusive breast feeding during the first six months and supplementary feeding in the community.
The objectives of the program are to scale up the implementation of revised CMAM Guidelines in Dowa district, to build capacity of communities through training of community volunteers, to integrate nutrition services to PLWHA through training and education session and to promote the use of locally made energy saving cooking stoves.
The project is a relief or an emergency project to be carried out in period of six months from December 2013 to May 2014.