ICRHK trains Enumerators for round two of PMA2020/Kenya nutrition survey

Christine Muthoni (left), Nairobi County, PMA2020/Kenya Nutrition round two survey resident enumerator coordinator engages other participants in a discussion during the ongoing PMA2020/Kenya Nutrition enumerators training at Gardens Hotel, Machakos County, Kenya. Looking on is Mary Thiongo (middle), ICRHK PMA2020/Kenya Technical Advisor and   Rebecca Heidkamp from Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Christine Muthoni (left), Nairobi County, PMA2020/Kenya Nutrition round two survey resident enumerator coordinator engages other participants in a discussion during the ongoing PMA2020/Kenya Nutrition enumerators training at Gardens Hotel, Machakos County, Kenya. Looking on is Mary Thiongo (middle), ICRHK PMA2020/Kenya Technical Advisor and   Rebecca Heidkamp from Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 

International Centre for Reproductive Health Kenya (ICRHK) in collaboration with Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has begun a 10-day training of resident enumerator coordinators and resident enumerators for round two of PMA2020/Kenya nutrition survey at Gardens Hotel, Machakos County.

The training began on Monday, April 23, 2018, and is expected to end on Wednesday, May 2, 2018.

According to Antonia Morzenti, Program Specialist, PMA2020, Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the main objective of the training is to prepare Kenya’s resident enumerators coordinators and resident enumerators to collect high quality data for the second round of the PMA-Nutrition survey.

The training covers master survey content and questions, how to conduct survey interviews and how to use Open Data Kit (ODK) installed on a smartphone. It also involves comprehensive presentations, demonstrations, and mock interviews to familiarize the participants with what they will encounter in the field.

“As PMA2020/Kenya we always endeavor to produce quality data that will inform policies and interventions in our country. One of the ways of doing this is by making sure we have gotten it right at the beginning by preparing and familiarizing our enumerators on what is ahead of them.  Such trainings like this one are very important because they not only provide the enumerators with content on the subject matter but also give them a chance to practice how to capture and submit data before they go back to their communities to collect the actual data,” says Mary Thiongo, ICRHK. PMA2020/Kenya, Technical Advisor.

Alice Chebet one of the resident enumerators in the training from Sarmach enumeration area, West Pokot County shares that, “From this training, I have learnt how to use the ODK to capture data. I am happy now because I have gotten all the information of what is expected of me while conducting this survey. I am ready to go back to my community and play my role to the best.”

PMA2020/Kenya round two survey will be conducted in Siaya, Bungoma, Kericho, Kitui, Kilifi, Nairobi, Kiambu, Nyamira, Nandi, West Pokot and Kakamega Counties. The first round of the survey was conducted between May and August 2017 in the same Counties.

The PMA2020 Nutrition survey rapidly generate actionable data on nutrition interventions at the national level in Kenya. PMA2020/Kenya is led by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with ICRHK, National Council for Population and Development, and Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. Overall direction and support is provided by Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The survey is funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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