The Training Model

 

 

This is a modular training program with monitoring of the participants homesteads between each module. The participants are volunteer, non-medical individuals chosen by church and community leaders.

 

First module: The participants are taught the three stones approach by the senior trainers. The importance of hygiene and sanitation, safe water, and a balanced diet are discussed. They make a tippy tap and a fly trap to take home. The senior trainer visits the homesteads before the second module to monitor and encourage the participants in the usage of the tippy tap and fly trap.

 

Second module: Participants are taught how to use the three stones approach in the prevention of malaria, TB, and HIV/AIDS. If already HIV/AIDS positive a person learns how the three stones approach can improve their lifestyle. The senior trainer monitors their home to assess progress.

 

Third module: A local midwife is invited to teach maternal health and family planning. The prevention of childhood diseases and the basics of child nutrition are also taught. This module encourages healthy relationships between participants and their local health center. Again, homes are monitored.

 

Fourth module: The emphasis of the fourth module is on conservation farming and environmental issues such as alternative uses to charcoal for cooking, and appropriate disposal of garbage. Homes are monitored to encourage the implementation of these new strategies.

 

Fifth module: The final module involves discussions on family living, marriage, healthy relationships, and gender issues. During this module a test is given followed by a graduation ceremony for participants who have successfully completed all modules.

 

The length of each module is two days, but the program is flexible. For example, it can be completed in four modules of three days each. This flexibility allows adjustments to be made according to local transportation, weather, and farming schedules and are determined by the church and community leaders.

 

The pilot study showed that 75% of the participants returned for further modules despite not receiving any money or reimbursement for transportation. It is because of the value and benefits that are discovered along the way that participants continue to return eager to learn more.

   

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