Ministry of Health with technical support Save the Children is conducting a 11-day Training of Trainers (ToT) from 10th to 20th April 2021 on Care for Child Development Plus National Scale up project / Prescription to Play project in Paro for the District Health Officers and selected Health Assistants of the first five districts. The project builds on to the successful Building Brains pilot and will scale this evidence-based playful parenting intervention to allow all children to reach their full potential. The project was officially launched in September 2019 with funding support from the LEGO Foundation.
The basic training will be further rolled down to all the implementing districts. The playful parenting program will be delivered through the health assistants to reach basic health units in urban and rural areas and outreach clinics in the remote areas. The health assistants will conduct monthly interactive group sessions with hands-on demonstration and practice for caregivers and babies on play, health, safety and positive discipline and screen children for developmental delays. They will also provide individual counselling at the BHU/ORC for families with children with delays on play and responsive caregiving and refer those exhibiting severe delays to specialized services. Health assistants will also be trained to refer families needing child and maternal protection to social services. District health officers and focal health assistants will monitor the health assistants and provide supportive supervision.
The training is facilitated by resource persons from Department of Public, Ministry of Health, Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital, and Save the Children Bhutan Country Office.