Maternal Newborn Child Health Nutrition (MNCHN) Capacity Building is one of the key interventions by The Antara Foundation to directly enhance public health delivery at the grassroots, by improving the quality of the services provided to pregnant women, mothers and children.

Health workers must have the correct knowledge and skills to identify, manage, and treat high-risk cases. The MCHN capacity-building intervention seeks to address the gaps in the capabilities of health workers and their supervisors. The intervention is designed to improve the knowledge levels of frontline healthcare workers and their supervisors on 13 key maternal, child health and nutrition themes, such as counselling, growth-monitoring, home-based newborn care (HBNC), 1000-day construct, antenatal care, identification and management of high-risk pregnancies and others.

The Antara Foundation has a three-pronged approach involving Classroom Training, capsule training during government meetings, and on-field support. The knowledge levels of these health workers are routinely monitored, which forms the basis of providing targeted support. By integrating classroom training and on-field handholding support, The Antara Foundation builds the knowledge of the FLWs and supervisors and allows an experiential method of ‘learning by doing’.

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