Wawa Illari project in Lima

On the 18th of May 2017, a group of nurses attended the first of a series of ICDP workshops.

The ICDP training is part of the new and complex project targeting the poor community of Pachacamac, near Lima, Peru, in which ICDP is used in parallel with heath and nutrition components. This multi-disciplinary and research project represents cooperation with the university - Universidad Inca Garcilaso de la Vega (UIGV). ICDP Peru, ICDP and SDIA, and it is sponsored by the Grand Challenges Canada.

Project is called Wawa Illari (Child star in Quechua): A new model for improving child development: combining better caregiver-child interactions, community health and nutrition for children 0-3 in a low-income community in Peru

Proof of concept:

Nurses in Peru are frontline health workers, yet their studies do not always cover the specific psychosocial or nutritional needs of the developing brain for newborns and small children. Our innovation will enhance the knowledge of 200 nursing and psychology students at the Universidad Inca Garcilaso de la Vega in Lima, Peru; add a guided practicum to working with poor families to improve caregiver-child interactions, nutrition appropriate for growth and early brain development and community-based outreach and food production; and measure the impacts of this combined strategy for infant and child growth and development. Initially 30 senior nursing students will be trained and supported  to deliver  workshops where caregivers of 150 families will be taught interactions with children 0-3 years of age that can support child development, best breastfeeding, hygiene and nutrition feeding practices for infants and preschool children. Community gardens under the development of the Universidad Agraria La Molina will provide local production of traditional healthy foods and a space for interaction, in which parents, both mothers and fathers, can practice new skills with their children.