47. Nutritional information for mothers

Why is iron an important part of the diet of pregnant mothers? Why should one protect oneself against mosquitoes? What is folate and in which food is it available? These are some of the issues that pregnant women learn with the help of a mobile application and videos in Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Ethiopia, Mozambique and India. The educational videos, which have been translated into many languages, give instructions aimed at improving the health of mothers and children, based on the recommendations of the World Health Organization WHO. For example, the Kenyan ministry of health uses the videos to disseminate information nationwide.

The GloCal videos are part of a training project funded by the University of Helsinki, Academy of Finland and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the aim of which is to improve the nutrition and health of pregnant women in developing countries. The impact of GloCal videos has been studied in Kenya in cooperation with the Kenyatta University, UNICEF and the country’s ministry of health. According to the preliminary results of the study, the videos help mothers to learn better ways of caring and feeding their children.

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