Most Popular Files Newest Files
Home File Sources FAQ Contact Privacy Policy
Public Domain Files

Public Domain Picture: Growth Monitoring for Healthier Children

Courtesy: US Agency for International Development
Views: 39 | Downloads: 1
Growth Monitoring for Healthier Children
Public Domain Mark
This work, identified by, is free of known copyright restrictions.
Growth Monitoring for Healthier Children
With sadness in her eyes, 16-year-old Fatima cradles her baby boy. Her son has remained small and is often ill compared to other children. She doesn’t know how to help him. Fatima’s story is all too common in Afghanistan, where more than 50 percent of children are chronically malnourished. Additionally, malnutrition is responsible for approximately 50 percent of child mortality in the country. Addressing nutrition is difficult in the Afghan culture due to high female illiteracy rates and irregular access to health facilities by women. Community health workers (CHWs) can promote better nutritional practices but they struggle to encompass all the households in their communities. USAID’s Basic Support for Institutionalizing Child Survival (BASICS) project has worked with the Afghan Ministry of Public Health to develop a community-based approach to detect malnutrition in children. The approach catches malnutrition early by monitoring children’s monthly growth through family health action groups (FHAGs) made up of 10 to 15 households. The approach is simple, yet effective. A member of the community FHAG convenes monthly weighing sessions for all children under two years old at a central place in the village with the CHW present. Each child’s weight gain or loss is marked on a simple pictorial chart developed especially for use by illiterate CHWs and mothers. For children with insufficient weight gain, a FHAG member and CHW do an in-depth exploration of feeding practices with the mother. After exploring the types of food eaten, the quantities consumed and the frequency of the feedings, they make an agreement with the mother on how to improve the child’s diet. They also share health messages about vaccination, hand washing, prenatal care, and birth spacing. Any child who has not had a weight gain for two successive months is referred to the nearest health facility. In the first five districts participating in community-based growth monitoring, more than 80 percent of the children are showing adequate weight gain. Fatima is happy her son is now gaining weight and has been healthier since she started attending the community growth monitoring sessions. This community approach is improving the nutritional status of children across Afghanistan.
Date Added:
June 4, 2014
Download: Largest
Size: 339 x 466
File size: 27.2 KB
File type: jpg
Public Domain

Why is this picture in the Public Domain?

Produced by United States Government
The file available on this page is a work of the United States government. A work of the United States government, as defined by United States copyright law, is "a work prepared by an officer or employee of the U.S. government as part of that person's official duties." In general, under section 105 of the Copyright Act, such works are not entitled to domestic copyright protection under U.S. law.
US Agency for International Development

Where is this picture from?

US Agency for International Development (Flickr Photostream)
External Site: US Agency for International Development
View more information & files

How may I use a Public Domain picture?

The file available on this page in the Public Domain. Files in the public domain have no restrictions on use and may be used for any purpose, without any conditions, commercial or not, unless such conditions are required by law.
Possible Prohibited Uses
Although a file is in the public domain, the work may still have some restrictions for use if it contains any of the following elements: Files containing any of the above elements that do not also have a provided release would generally fall under editorial uses only and may not be used for commercial purposes. Users downloading files that are designated as "editorial use" assume full responsibility for their use of the file(s). Depending on your use, the use of editorial use files may require additional rights that or the copyright owner may or may not be able to provide. You should consult with your legal counsel to be sure your use is legal.
Download Agreement
By downloading this file, you indicate that you understand and agree to all of these terms and assume full liability for your use of the file(s) and agree to hold harmless should any liability arise.
Home | File Sources | Frequently Asked Questions | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | © 2012-2014