Life Cycle Approach

At CINI we target interventions to prevent malnutrition during the period of intense growth and functional maturation. This has now been identified as the critical period of the human lifecycle such as pregnancy, the first two years of life and adolescence.

CINI-trained health workers visit families regularly to change behaviour so that husbands, mother in laws and other family members provide support and care to the pregnant woman so that she eats frequent meals, accesses antenatal care regularly and delivers safely with trained birth attendants, thereby ensuring a newborn birth weight of over 2.5 kilograms.

Frequent visits further ensure exclusive breast feeding, immunisation, supplementation with Home available foods from the sixth month onwards, and monitoring and promoting growth up to 2 years of age. Early access to health care is provided in the community. Adolescent girls and boys are provided health and nutrition education through trained peer educators.


3 critical stages of life

The beginning of pregnancy (3rd month) up to the birth

A woman at the beginning of pregnancy suggest eating habits, rest time, abnormalities in pregnancy to recognize and prepare for childbirth, is an important first hurdle. The aim is to ensure that the child a birth weight of 2500 grams; then it makes a big survival and a good start.

The birth of the baby and the first two years

The next critical period, the first two years of the child (80% growth in the brains, building resistors, obtaining vaccinations).. With a strict monitoring of the growth curves, the occurrence of diseases, vaccination and the family situation, can the CINI employees or the mother herself rely on in time intervals and other measures. When a child reaches two years, the chances of survival grow very high.

The adolescence, the time when children are 12-19 years

The third period focuses on girls and boys about 12 years old, as a change of attitude must take place. Then breaks the period that they are or may be responsible for whether or not getting a child. Venereology, child pregnancy, sex health, training and the creation of an independent existence are CINI's issues.


The Life Cycle Divisions and learning process

To fulfil its mission CINI works through four divisions: Child Health and Development, Women's Health, Adolescent Health and Monitoring, Evaluation and Research.

The Life Cycle Divisions concentrates the knowledge of each department to build a better learning process.


Some Key indicators

2001 (%)
2004 (%)
Registration of pregnant women with sub-Center (within 16 weeks) 78.0 91.3  
Institutional delivery 58.6 61.9  
Birth Wight < 2.5 kgs 21.1 17.5  
Normal nutrition at one year 59.2 60.9  
Colostrum feeding 75.6 87.3  
Exclusive breast feeding upto 5-6 months 46.9 48.9  
Infant mortality rate (per 1000 live birth) 31 23  

CINI Belgium
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Bank Account: 320.0117502.08

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