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Birjan Dhami, is a traditional healer and has a lot of respect within his community. People will generally go to his house to pray whenever they are sick. He has recently been taking part in PHASE’s Health and Nutrition programme. As someone people will often turn to for advice, Birjan is helping spread knowledge of hygiene and disease prevention within his community.

“After I got involved in the programme, I have learned a lot about what causes disease, their preventive measures, causes of malnutrition and its management from the PHASE Health and Agriculture Team. I have already sent more than 40 people to PHASE community health posts for consultation whenever people visit me with illness. I have learnt new skills of identifying signs of children’s malnutrition and illnesses. I also still do my prayers before recommending them to visit PHASE health staff. Having learnt about Super flour in PHASE’s workshops, I can now also tell people how to make a mix of several grains and vegetables in order to make it as nutritious as possible for children. In a village like ours where everything is so scarce, your programme is really contributing positively to food production and behavioural changes. I am glad be involved.”

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