November 13, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - November 15, 2019 @ 1:00 pm EST
SulAmérica Convention Center
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
First 1000 days family practicing exclusive breastfeeding. (Sokchanlida Horn for JSI)
First 1000 days family practicing exclusive breastfeeding. Credit: Sokchanlida Horn

USAID Advancing Nutrition is proud to join the joint meeting of the Third World Breastfeeding Conference ,  the First World Complementary Feeding Conference, the XV Brazilian Breastfeeding Meeting, and the V Brazilian Healthy Complementary Feeding Meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from November 11 - 15,  2019; hosted by The International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) with support from the Government of Brazil and public universities. 

Download our conference flyer (PDF, 242 KB).

Access the full list of presentations and if attending, join us for these presentations:


Systems and community-based actions to improve infant and young child nutrition, growth and development

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 13:30 - 15:20

Sala 8 - Natividad Clavano

Join us for an engaging discussion on breastfeeding promotion, protection and support in the health system, and complementary feeding promotion and support through pediatricians and childcare settings and community-level platforms in Ghana, Rwanda and Viet Nam. Linkages and synergies at the community level with early childhood development and other relevant sectoral interventions targeting women and young children will be highlighted.


  • Heather Hamner, Health Scientist, Center for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Nemat Hajeebhoy, Deputy Director, Country Impact, Nutrition | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Roger Mathisen, Regional Director, Southeast Asia, Alive & Thrive

  • Jeniece Alvey, Nutrition Advisor, USAID Bureau of Global Health

  • Romilla Karnati, Advisor, Early Childhood Care and Development, USAID Advancing Nutrition

  • Dr. Alemayehu Gebremariam, Chief of Party, Gikuriro Project


  • Cria Perrine, Epidemiologist, Center for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Altrena Mukuria, Senior Technical Advisor, USAID Advancing Nutrition


Multi-media Showcase of Resources Developed for Promotion of IYCF Behaviors 

Peggy Koniz-Booher,Senior Advisor, USAID Advancing Nutrition; Maria Lúcia Futuro Muhlbauer, Amigas do Peito  

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 13:30 - 14:30

Sala 11 - Caleb Otto  

Join us for a mulit-media showcase to learn about a range of education and training videos to promote key infant and young child feeding behaviors. Participants will discuss how video has become an essential communication tool, and is playing an increasingly powerful role in social and behavior change programming, especially with exponential growth in mobile technologies.


Skill Building Workshop on the IYCF Image Bank and Photo-to-illustration Technique for Developing Counselling Materials

Peggy Koniz-Booher, Senior Advisor, USAID Advancing Nutrition; Raquel de Souza Mezzavilla, IBFAN

Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 11:00 - 12:50 

Sala 11 - Caleb Otto   

Join us for an interactive, hands-on skill building workshop on the photo-to-illustration (PTI) process used in creating many of the high quality illustrations found in training, counseling, and advocacy tools to promote infant and young child feeding (IYCF).  Learn about the web-based IYCF Image Bank that provides access to hundreds of IYCF images and design files that can be adapted for multiple uses in a variety of contexts. The workshop includes presentations, discussions, and workstations, where participants will gain basic photography and graphic skills.  

Oral Presentations

Implementing Integrated Early Childhood Development and Nutrition Services:  Experiences operationalizing the Nurturing Care Framework in Ghana

Romilla Karnati, Advisor, Early Childhood Care and Development, USAID Advancing Nutrition

Friday, November 15, 2019 from 8:00 - 9:30

Sala 6 - Gabriela Dorothy

Join us to learn from the experience of USAID Maternal Child Survival Program (MCSP) in integrating Early Childhood Development (ECD) into existing nutrition services targeting infants and young children in Ghana from 2016 to 2019. The findings indicate that children whose caregivers reported engaging in more psychosocial stimulation, those with more reading materials in the home, and those with greater dietary diversity displayed stronger overall development compared to children of caregivers who reported fewer of these nurturing caregiving practices.

Complementary feeding practices improved following the implementation of an integrated multi-sectoral nutrition program targeting 1000 day households in northern and eastern regions of Ghana

Altrena G. Mukuriai, Senior Technical Advisor, USAID Advancing Nutrition

Friday, November 15, 2019 from 8:00 - 9:30

Sala 6 - Gabriela Dorothy

Join us to learn about the USAID SPRING project’s 1,000-day household approach in Ghana, an integrated, multi-sectoral approach for effective promotion of optimal infant feeding practices. The approach engaged health and agriculture professionals in 15 districts to strengthen their governance and build capacity to deliver an integrated multi-sectoral package of products and services to reach these households and communities at the same time. In addition, SPRING’s community-based approach was the inclusion of men to support nutrition in the first 1,000 days.