First 1000 Days Relationship Support Tool
Many non-governmental organisations and several government departments offer home visiting programmes to address health and social needs in marginalised communities.
Through consultation with a number of these agencies, Ilifa identified the need for a resource that complements existing programmes, and focuses on strengthening the attachment between mother and child during the first 1 000 days of life.
Inspired by ‘ordinary magic’
In partnership with dlalanathi and the Africa Centre for Population Health, Ilifa developed a First 1 000 Days Relationship Support Tool to help caregivers realise the ‘ordinary magic’ which takes place trough loving, responsive care. The tool, called Ibhayi Lengane (meaning ‘baby’s blanket’), includes a home-visiting activity guide for home visitors, leave-at-home
materials for caregiver and families, and a training manual to train home visitors in implementation.
The Relationship Support Tool aims to:
- facilitate relationship between caregiver and home visitor
- stimulate relationship between caregiver and her baby
- increase understanding of the significance of a responsive relationship in the development of baby
- integrate practices which support maternal mental health
- support problem-solving around access to key needs and services
The Ibhayi Lengane First 1000 Days Relationship Support Tool is currently being tested by the Human Sciences Research Council.
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