Nutrition Assessment, Counselling and Support (NACS) Training Materials for Facility-Based Providers

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Good nutrition is important for everyone, but especially for people with special health needs, such as pregnant and lactating women, children under 5, and people with chronic infectious diseases including TB and HIV. The Government of Zambia has worked with partners and stakeholders to put in place numerous interventions to improve the nutritional status of its citizens. One of these is the integration of nutrition assessment, counselling, and support (NACS) into routine health service delivery. Using NACS, health care providers can identify nutrition problems early, improve the diet and nutritional status of their clients, prevent infection from contaminated food and water, and manage symptoms related to illness and medicine side effects. 

FANTA developed a package of NACS Training Materials for Facility-Based Providers in Zambia to improve their nutrition knowledge and skills. The training package includes a facilitators guide, participant handouts, and a set of PowerPoint slides to reinforce the training. 

Nutrition Assessment, Counselling and Support (NACS) Training Manual for Facility-Based Providers: Facilitators’ Guide
The guide is designed to help facilitators conduct a 5-day training to strengthen the skills of health care providers in NACS and ensure accurate and consistent application of nutrition assessment and counselling skills.

Nutrition Assessment, Counselling and Support (NACS) Training Manual for Facility-Based Providers: Participant Handouts
The handouts are for use as reference during training and by participants when they are back at work. 

Nutrition Assessment, Counselling and Support (NACS) Training Manual for Facility-Based Providers: PowerPoint Slides
The PowerPoint slides can be used to reinforce the main points of each session. 

 

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