Childhood Illnesses – Care Group Curricula

Please note that these modules were developed based on the best technical guidance during the time that they were published. As the modules must be adapted based on location, language and culture, they also need to be reviewed for technical content and updated as appropriate.

If using these materials in your program, please acknowledge FH (using this logo), the authors, and appropriate USAID agency as noted in the acknowledgments of each document.

The following care group modules were developed by Food for the Hungry for care groups  of 10-12 women.  The materials are designed to teach household- level behaviors to prevent maternal and child malnutrition and death.   Each module contains a A3 flip chart with a corresponding A4 lesson plan.  The materials are used to teach mothers in small groups once every two weeks for up to two years.   Games, activities and discussions noted in the flip chart are described in detail in the corresponding lesson plan.    Note:  All flip charts contain culturally appropriate illustrations for the specific country.

FH uses a pictorial lesson format to help low-literate volunteers teach adult learners.  Watch this interactive presentation to learn more.

Malaria Prevention and Treatment: The following modules include lessons for pregnant mothers and women with children two years of age and younger.   Lessons covered in these modules include one or more of the following topics: malaria transmission,  malaria prevention (net use, household spraying, IPT for women), malaria symptoms, immediate response and treatment.

Management of Common Childhood Infections: The following modules include lessons on one or more of the following topics: childhood danger signs, dehydration, proper feeding of sick children, and the prevention and management of diarrhea.

Respiratory Infections:  The following modules include one or more lessons on the following: danger signs, prevention, transmission and treatment of acute respiratory infections and tuberculosis and pneumonia.

HIV: The following modules focus on HIV transmission, prevention, testing and treatment. Module 6 also includes a lesson on the proper care of the chronically ill.

Helminths: The following modules contain one or more lessons on the following topics: helminth defined and effects, transmission, prevention (deworming and hygiene practices) and treatment.

*  The modules with an asterisk are recommended based on the topic named.