Understanding the Care Group

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.

Care Group Orientation:  The modules listed below contain one or more introductory lessons for community health volunteers.  The topics include: introduction to care groups, teaching methods, mother leader responsibilities, and monitoring responsibilities.

*Burundi’s Module 1 is the recommended module with the most lessons pertaining to this topic.  The other three countries are mirror images of each other with fewer lessons.