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Learning Centre - ProPAN for the assessment of infant and young child feeding nutrition and development of interventions
Friday, June 6, 10:30-12:00

ProPAN, which was first published in 2004 and updated in 2013, is a tool designed for ministries of health, non-governmental organizations, and bilateral and international organizations working to improve the diets and feeding practices of children under 24 months of age to prevent early childhood malnutrition. This includes the improvement in micronutrient intake to strengthen children’s micronutrient status.

Supported by the Pan American Health Organization and UNICEF, ProPAN guides users through a step-by-step process for identifying problems related to young child nutrition, breastfeeding and complementary feeding, within a specific target population; defining the context in which these problems occur, including barriers to and facilitators of improved or ‘ideal’ practices); formulating, testing, and selecting behavior-change recommendations and nutritional recipes; developing the interventions to promote them; and designing a monitoring and evaluation system to measure progress towards intervention goals. ProPAN materials (all freely available) include a multi-module field manual with detailed instructions on how to collect, analyze, and integrate the quantitative and qualitative data required to design and evaluate interventions, an Epi Info™-based software program developed specifically for quantitative analysis of household demographic and socio-economic characteristics and infant and young child diets and as an analytical tool for identifying locally available foods that provide the greatest amount of energy and nutrients at the lowest cost, and a software user's guide.

In this learning center, participants get an opportunity to interact with the ProPAN software program. It permits data entry and generates standardized outputs for these data-collection tools: 24-hour dietary recall & anthropometry, caregiver survey and market survey. With the outputs, users can identify key nutrient gaps in children’s diets, determine the relative nutritional importance and cost of local foods available to fill them, and facilitators and barriers to improving children’s diets.

The specific objectives of the learning center are as follows:

• Learn about the ProPAN tool for infant and young child nutrition

• Understand the different research methods that can be analyzed using the ProPAN software

• Navigate the key functions in the ProPAN software: creation of data-entry screens, data entry, data quality checking, and data analysis

• Review the standardized outputs generated by the ProPAN software

• Explore the resources available on the ProPAN website to aid with using the software

Chair: Pan American Health Organization and UNICEF