I spent a large part of Friday (22-Nov-13) doing what I like best – making things. Based on our experience with the trial Jane has been re-thinking our training materials for the scale-up (KYTS). We envisaged that the training materials developed for COTZ would be used for retailer and promoter training and then cascaded down to mothers and care-givers. Although the materials were used at the top level they tended not to be used by retailers and promoters with mothers and instead a much more conversational approach was taken. This worked well but it meant that the quality varied and we can’t be sure that all the key points were covered on every occasion.
In the scale-up we will continue using the existing materials for the top level training but promoters and retailers will take away ‘flash cards’ containing the key messages to cascade to mothers and care-givers. The picture shows prototype cards on paper which we will send to Zambia’s Ministry of Health for comment and approval.
Once approved we will print the first batch – for fast prototyping – on to card using MOO Postcards. MOO allow full colour printing on both sides which is just what we need to cope with the translation issues we face. There are six main languages in Zambia: English and five others. Jane‘s idea is that each card will have a key message printed on one side in English and the other side will have spaces for this to be translated into a local language. This will be done, by the trainee, during the training to reinforce the learning – with the terms used moderated by the trainer to make sure the sense is conveyed properly and consistently. And it will mean we don’t need to have 6 different sets of cards printed. As an example, the two sides of the first card are shown below.
The full set of prototype cards can be downloaded here (PDF 1.7 MB). These are still at draft stage so any feedback would be gratefully received.