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SPRING/Ghana Trains Regional- and District-level Trainers on the District Assessment Tool for Anemia (DATA)

DATA training of trainers participants

SPRING/Ghana conducted a training of trainers (ToT) workshop for district-level trainers from seven districts—East Gonja, Tolon, Central Gonja, Tatale, Mion, Bawku West, and Kumbungu— in Ghana’s Northern Region to implement the District Assessment Tool for Anemia (DATA). The DATA is a tool to assess the anemia situation and strengthen programming at the district level. In addition to DATA training, SPRING also provides training on the HemoCue® device (an anemia diagnosis tool) and on treatment and prevention in 1,000 day households (households with pregnant and lactating mothers and children under two).

Dr. Denish Moorthy, SPRING Technical Advisor, Micronutrients, and Ms. Danya Sarkar, SPRING Nutrition Specialist, facilitated the three-day training from February 14 - 16. Attendees included a total of 42 trainers from all seven districts. There were 6 officers per district from the departments of Nutrition, Agriculture, Education, Disease Control, Environmental Health, and Public Health. To build additional capacity and knowledge of DATA, project staff from SPRING/Ghana and the Resiliency in Northern Ghana (RING) project also participated in the workshop. ToT participants simulated leading DATA workshops, which will serve as platforms for anemia prioritization interventions within their districts. From the third week in March, the six trainers from each of the seven districts will collectively implement DATA with the support of SPRING district coordinators.