Suaahara Health Facility Operation and Management Committee Capacity Building Training and Operation Guidelines

Suaahara was a five year (2011-2016) project funded by USAID aimed to improve the nutritional status of women and children in 41 districts of Nepal. The project focused on improving health and nutrition behaviors at the household level through promotion of Essential Nutrition and Hygiene Actions (EN/HA), particularly Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN), and addressing other determinants of under-nutrition, such as availability of and access to food, hygiene, quality of health care, child spacing and socio-cultural factors including gender and marginalization.

Suaahara was implemented by a consortium of partner organizations led by Save the Children.

The SBCC strategy established an internal quality materials review and production system to ensure that all partners in the consortium had mutually reinforcing, quality materials developed, pretested, produced and disseminated to the end user.

Suaahara developed these Training Guidelines, Participant Handbooks and Review Meeting Operation Guidelines to support Health Facility Operation and Management Committee (HFOMC) so that HFOMC can successfully and effectively manage health facilities and provide quality service to the people.

These guidelines/participant handbooks were used by trainers and participants who were involved in the HFOMC training in the districts.

NOTE: All three items are attached in one PDF.

Last modified: January 17, 2022

Language: Nepali




    Nepal Earthquake Materials

    These materials were produced in response to critical health concerns following the 2015 earthquake.

    CCP, UNICEF, USAID, and the Nepali Ministry of Health worked to create materials to address stress, hygiene, and water safety in the weeks and months following the event.

    These include:

    Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, Nepal Ministry of Health and Population, UNICEF, USAID

    Date of Publication: September 30, 2021

    SBC Palika Package Website

    SBC Palika Package is a capcity strengthening support material for developing, advocating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating Social Behavior Change (SBC) capacity for local-level health personnel and elected bodies.

    This website includes supporting materials for the Package such as:

    Source: Breakthrough ACTION/Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

    Date of Publication: August 11, 2021

    Suaahara Nepal Project

    Suaahara was an integrated nutrition project (2011-2016) that worked in 41 underserved districts in Nepal to improve the health and well-being of the Nepali people by focusing on the nutritional status of women and children under the age of two years. CCP partnered with Save the Children; Helen Keller International; Jhpiego; Nepali Technical Assistance Group; Nepal Water for Health; and the Nutrition Promotion and Consultancy Service.

    Suaahara means good nutrition, or “a good balanced diet is the strong foundation protecting our lives.” As part of the implementing team, CCP supported strategic social and behavior change communication initiatives that build on this message and model behavior change to lead to improved maternal, infant and child nutrition.

    In close coordination with Nepal government, the team created Bhanchhin Aama (Mother knows best), which served as the basis for a campaign for mass and community media. Bhanchhin Aama is a trusted, knowledgeable friendly mother-in-law character who models and promotes positive behavior change.

    Project products included:

    Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

    Date of Publication: June 29, 2021

    COVID-19 Contact Tracing Online Course

    The COVID-19 crisis has created an unprecedented need for contact tracing across the country, requiring thousands of people to learn key skills quickly. The job qualifications for contact tracing positions differ throughout the country and the world, with some new positions open to individuals with a high school diploma or equivalent.

    In this introductory course, students will learn about the science of SARS-CoV-2 , including the infectious period, the clinical presentation of COVID-19, and the evidence for how SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted from person-to-person and why contact tracing can be such an effective public health intervention. Students will learn about how contact tracing is done, including how to build rapport with cases, identify their contacts, and support both cases and their contacts to stop transmission in their communities.

    The course will also cover several important ethical considerations around contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine. Finally, the course will identify some of the most common barriers to contact tracing efforts — along with strategies to overcome them.

    Last modified: September 2, 2020

    Language: Arabic, English, Nepali, Portuguese, Spanish




      Systems Strengthening Project – Nepal

      Systems Strengthening

      From 2018-2020, Breakthrough ACTION is implementing a USAID-funded social and behavior change (SBC) systems strengthening project in collaboration with the National Health Education Information and Communication Center (NHEICC) and Family Welfare Division (FWD).

      The project assessed SBC capacity at the federal, provincial (Karnali Province) and project municipalities in Jumla and Surkhet. Based on the assessment findings, CCP worked closely with NHEICC, Karnali Ministry of Social Development (MoSD), Karnali Health Directorate (HD), and municipality elected representatives (executive committee) and health staff to address SBC capacity gaps through trainings, mentoring, practical, learning by doing activities.

      Source: Breakthrough ACTION/Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

      Date of Publication: August 6, 2020

      Nepal Program to Reduce Child, Early, and Forced Marriage (R-CEFM)

      USAID’s Breakthrough ACTION Local Systems Strengthening to Reduce Child, Early, and Forced Marriage (R-CEFM) activity aims to strengthen the institutional and technical capacity of the Government of Nepal to design, implement, evaluate, and coordinate effective programs to reduce CEFM in Province 2.

      Breakthrough ACTION is a partnership of Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs and SAVE the Children. This 3-year, $2.4 Million activity will work closely with the Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens (MWCSC), Province 2, and select local-level government and non-government structures to ensure synergy and maximize impact. CEFM is a complex issue requiring an integrated, cross-sectoral approach at all administrative levels and across Education, Child Welfare, Health, Gender Equity/Social Inclusion (GESI), and Democracy and Governance (linking with Law Enforcement).

      R-CEFM Activity Resources

      Source: Breakthrough ACTION/Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

      Date of Publication: August 5, 2020

      Smart Jeewan Campaign

      These materials are part of a family planning campaign – Parivar Niyojan Smart Banchha Jeewan (Family Planning makes a smart life), launched in Nepal on 21st August 2015 in an effort to reposition family planning for the young married couples (aged 15-29).

      There are four television commercials in Wave-I showing the life stages of a couple where planning for family is needed. There are five television commercials in the Wave-II. One is intended to educate the viewers that there are family planning methods available and safe to use by post-partum mothers during breastfeeding. Second, about use of IUCD for spacing. Third about using IUCD. Fourth about the safety of using family planning methods like pills to delay first pregnancy. Fifth about the appropriate use of Emergency contraceptive pills.

      There are five posters designed during Wave-1 to complement the four TVCs, one comprehensive poster with all life stages for family planning, and one to depict the uniting message of youths taking the ownership of family planning to be Smart Couples.

      A “Badhai” or congratulations booklet was also developed in the Wave-II to be used by community health workers and health worker when doing interpersonal communication/interactions with newly married couples and 1000- day couples (pregnancy 9 months and baby 2 years roughly equals to 1000 days). This booklet has important information useful for couples at the various stages of married and family life.

      There are seven leaflets developed to use as job aid by community health workers and information material to take home by the newly-wed couples and 1000-days couples regarding the five temporary family planning methods (IUCD, Implant, 3-month injectable, combined oral contraceptive pills, condoms), emergency contracentive pills, two permanent family planning methods (vasectomy, minilap), and one leaflet with information on all these methods.

      Photo credit: © 2013 Valerie Caldas, Courtesy of Photoshare

      Source: Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs

      Date of Publication: August 5, 2020