Training was part of LINKAGES' comprehensive approach to bring about positive changes in
infant and young child feeding practices. LINKAGES training modules contain information
and activities on key content areas and skills related to infant and young child feeding.
LINKAGES and its local partners developed eight generic and regional
modules. The table below provides an overview of each training module.
Detailed one-page descriptions of each training module that provide information
on the audience, purpose, content (both technical and skills), methodology,
structure, materials and tools, time needed, languages available, country
applications, and date developed are also available. To review one of
the detailed descriptions, and download a copy of the module,
click on the title of the training module below.
Change Communication for Improved Infant Feeding
||Trainers - Health care personnel and program staff
||Train trainers in behavior change communication
skills (negotiation, experiential learning cycle, participatory group
talks), training techniques, and infant feeding. Includes practice
training using community module and action planning exercises.
Research for Infant Feeding Programs
||Prepare participants to conduct formative research
(trials of improved practices, in-depth interviews, and focus group
discussions) and to use effective communication skills to plan and
Training of Trainers for Mother-to-Mother Support Groups
||Trainers - Health care personnel and technical
staff of PVOs/NGOs
||Prepare participants to train health care providers/community
health volunteers to organize and facilitate mother-to-mother support
groups on infant feeding.
A Postpartum Contraceptive Method for Women Who Breastfeed
||Trainers - health and family planning service
providers and program staff
||Train health care personnel and community health
workers to provide LAM within their child health, reproductive health,
or family planning services.
|Integrated Prevention of Mother-to-Child
Transmission of HIV and Support for Infant Feeding
||Provide participants with a basic
understanding of HIV and AIDS facts and prevention, mother-to-child
transmission (MTCT) of HIV, current MTCT risk reduction interventions,
infant feeding in the context of HIV, and nutritional recommendations
for pregnant women and new mothers in areas affected by HIV and AIDS.
the Essential Nutrition Actions to Improve the Nutrition of Infants,
Young Children and Women
||Program Managers and Pre-service Instructors
||Prepare program managers and pre-service instructors
to train service providers in an action-oriented approach to improve
the nutrition of infants, young children and women. Focus is placed
on the operational strategy to promote seven proven nutrition actions
(breastfeeding, complementary feeding, feeding of the sick child,
women’s nutrition, control of anemia, control of vitamin A deficiency,
and control of iodine deficiency disorders) at six key life cycle
contact points utilizing facility based and community based structures
in the health sector, as well as non-health sector contact points.
Nutrition throughout the Life Cycle and in the Context of HIV and
||Trainers/Facilitators - Health care personnel
and program staff
||Prepare health care personnel and program staff
facilitators/trainers who will train health workers how to apply the
knowledge and skills in negotiation and interpersonal communication
to help mothers and caregivers care for their own nutritional needs
and feed their infants and young children optimally.
||20 hours technical content and 10 hours skill-practice
Methodologies and Principles of Adult Learning: Application for Training
in Infant and Young Child Nutrition and Related Topics
|Trainers/Facilitators with previous training in
||Strengthen the capacity of facilitators/trainers
to plan, organize, and conduct training of health care workers who
implement programs in infant and young child feeding, essential nutrition
actions, the lactational amenorrhea method, and/or prevention of mother-to-child
transmission of HIV.
||10 hours technical content and 18 hours practice