World Vision International

How we work

The NCoE provides technical leadership to improve World Vision’s nutrition programming and advocacy through relationships with other WV entities and external partners. The NCoE’s primary working relationships are with the Regional Offices; the Global Health & WASH Team; other sector leads at the World Vision International level; and external partners in the international nutrition community.

This diagram illustrates the major roles of different players in strengthening nutrition for mothers and children in the communities World Vision serves.

Examples of how we work: 

PD/Hearth In Zambia

Addressing child malnutrition is a strategic priority for World Vision’s Southern Africa Region (SAR). Positive Deviance/Hearth was chosen as the key programming approach for operationalizing this goal, as it has been defined by NCoE as one of World Vision’s core Nutrition Project Models.

To build capacity in PD/Hearth, the SAR Nutrition Coordinator first participated in a Master Trainer event held in Kenya in March 2011, and then co-facilitated one for SAR in June 2011. Master Trainer events are organized by Regional Offices, funded by Support Offices (sometimes co-funded with NCoE), led by certified Master Trainers or external experts recommended by NCoE, and use the Master Trainer curriculum developed by NCoE. To achieve certification from NCoE as a PD/Hearth Master Trainer, an individual must have previous PD/Hearth programming experience, successfully complete the Master Trainer workshop, and co-facilitate a Training of Facilitators event with a certified Master Trainer.

The SAR Master Trainer was held in Zambia and included participants from four other countries along with three health and nutrition technical staff from WV Zambia. Following this event the WV Zambia Health & Nutrition Coordinator led the development of a plan to roll out PD/Hearth across WV Zambia’s project areas. The first step of this plan was to hold a Training of Facilitators (ToF) in Mwinilunga District of northern Zambia in February 2012.The SAR Health Director requested NCoE support for this ToF, as the SAR Nutrition Coordinator position was vacant at the time. The ToF built in-country capacity of both field staff and Ministry of Health colleagues to implement PD/Hearth, including hands-on experience starting PD/Hearth in Kasangezhi village. The ToF also provided an opportunity for WV Zambia staff to complete their Master Trainer certification process. WV Zambia is now equipped to roll out PD/Hearth across its implementation areas.

Infant Feeding Advocacy Course in Asia

In September 2011, expert instructors from London’s Institute for Child Health brought their Infant & Young Child Feeding Policy & Advocacy course to Cambodia. This post-graduate level professional training event came about through the collaborative effort of the two WV Asia Regional Maternal Child Health & Nutrition (MCHN) Specialists working with NCoE and WV Canada. The WV Canada Public Health Specialist had previously taken the course at the Institute of Child Health, and initiated the discussions with faculty there about bringing the course to the Asia region. The Regional MCHN Specialists recognised the value of this opportunity, and turned to the NCoE for technical support, initially in presenting the opportunity to senior management for approval in operational plans and later in preparing follow up reports and documentation. The Regional MCHN Specialists then liaised with National Offices in the Asia region to identify participants. WV staff from 7 Asian countries joined the course, as well as Ministry of Health representatives from Cambodia and Indonesia. WV Canada provided funding and support for logistics associated with bringing the course from London to Cambodia.

Discussions on breastfeeding which took place at The Infant Feeding course fed into a review of World Vision's existing policy on maternity leave benefits. Also, the concept of 10 Steps for Mother-Baby Friendly Offices was developed during the course. The NCoE’s Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition continues to guide its further development and implementation. At the country level, various Infant Feeding learning and advocacy events have been conducted, and internal champions identified. WV Bangladesh has established breastfeeding corners within its project offices, and has hired a Code Monitoring Officer to support national efforts to monitor compliance to the WHO Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes. WV Indonesia and WV Laos joined with other agencies in boycotting nutrition events sponsored by infant formula manufacturers, and the Asia Regional Office is working with NCoE to define more clearly WV’s role and recommended approaches to monitoring WHO Code compliance.