Illustration of a man sitting on a mat, feeding his two small children.
Illustration Credit: Victor Nolasco for JSI

On April 26th and 27th, 2023, USAID, USAID Advancing Nutrition, and UNICEF co-hosted the Virtual Convening on Improving Nutrition among Children with Feeding Difficulties and Children with Disabilities. The 2-day, 8-hour convening brought together over 100 participants working in nutrition, disability, health, policy, and research to discuss how to bridge the gap in improving nutrition among children with feeding difficulties and disabilities, and discuss future areas for learning and action.

Attendees heard from speakers and panelists from USAID, UNICEF,  the International Disability Alliance (IDA), World Food Programme (WFP), the International Centre for Evidence in Disability, and more about the importance of addressing feeding for children with feeding difficulties and disabilities within nutrition programs and services, the progress of relevant programs, how to generate quality evidence, and opportunities for breaking down silos. Attendees also participated in breakout sessions of various themes to share resources, discuss gaps in knowledge and evidence, and establish priority actions for the coming years.

Resources and slides from the convening can be found on the USAID Advancing Nutrition website. To stay updated on this work, visit our page on improving nutritional care for children with feeding difficulties and disabilities.