Why Holt’s Child Nutrition Program is Important
Malnutrition affects nearly 250 million children worldwide and malnutrition and hunger-related diseases are the biggest killer of children under age 5 in the developing world.
The children Holt serves globally through our child nutrition program are among those most at risk for malnutrition and hunger-related diseases. These include orphaned or abandoned children, many of whom have significant disabilities.
Since 2013, Holt has expanded our work across China, Ethiopia, India, Mongolia, the Philippines, Uganda, Haiti and Vietnam to train caregivers in proper nutrition and feeding practices, and to teach our partner staff how to track children’s nutrition and growth in the first critical years of life.
“The children looked healthy, so we did not realize that many had iron deficiencies. The Holt Child Nutrition Program gave us the tools to understand. The children are healthier, so we have to give them medication less often. When there is less sickness, our jobs are easier.”Mr. Chui, Director of Childcare at a Site in China
How Holt’s Child Nutrition Program Works
Holt International’s child nutrition program is a nutrition and feeding intervention with a “Training of Trainers” structure to support better nutrition and feeding practices among caregivers resulting in improved health and development outcomes for vulnerable children, especially for infants and those with disabilities. By intensively training local champions to train others, we maximize our outreach.
- Multiple-day, in-person training sessions with on-the-ground staff and caregivers at partnering programs and care centers overseas.
- Training covers core nutrition, health and feeding curriculum as well as hands-on practicum.
- Once caregivers are trained, they become CNP champions able to train others.
- Holt equips partners with nutrition and feeding manuals, translated into their local language.
- All necessary equipment is provided to ensure that our partners are prepared to accurately assess and monitor the health and nutrition of children and provide any interventions needed to improve their overall health and wellbeing.
Nutrition and Feeding Interventions
- At-risk children at partner sites receive more nutritious, diverse meals as well as any essential vitamin and mineral supplements they need.
- Trained caregivers are equipped to provide enjoyable mealtimes for children with safe feeding techniques.
- Caregivers track and monitor the health and development of children through routine nutrition screenings, enabling early and effective interventions for malnutrition and illnesses.
- Holt provides standardized equipment, including a tool to test for anemia, as well as an electronic health record system to ensure children’s growth and health status are being properly recorded and analyzed over time.
Sustainable and Scalable
- Once the program has been successfully implemented at a site, new sites are identified for scaling and CNP champions begin the process again.
- Strong monitoring and evaluation of the program helps to continually improve program implementation.
Holt’s Feeding and Positioning Manual Offers Critical Guidelines
“Holt International’s Feeding and Positioning Manual: Guidelines for Working With Babies and Children” supports caregivers of infants and children by providing information on safe feeding practices. The manual also provides general information on infant and child development, critical milestones for caregivers to monitor, and helpful strategies that support and enrich the overall well-being of every child.
Support Holt’s Child Nutrition Program
Your gift to Holt’s child nutrition program will provide life-changing nutrition and feeding support to children living in poverty and in orphanages around the world.
Holt’s Child Nutrition Program (CNP) — in Action!
In India, China, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Mongolia, Uganda, Haiti and the Philippines, Holt’s teams work extensively with children, caregivers and staff — providing vital nutrition and feeding education.
“The child nutrition program met a great need. Weight and height changed dramatically after implementation, and children are so much happier and healthier.”Caregiver in India
“The nutritional needs of children living in orphanages are still huge in Vietnam. Holt Vietnam plans to step-by-step expand the given knowledge and skills to serve more children and to improve the quality of care for children in new orphanages or childcare centers in the country.”Hang Dam, Director of Programs in Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines
The Power of Nutrition
Child deaths from malnutrition are preventable – when children are safely fed and receive the right amount of nutritious food, they can grow and thrive.
Meet the children whose lives have been transformed through Holt’s child nutrition program.