Promoting and Supporting Breastfeeding in a Protracted Emergency Setting—Caregivers' and Health Workers' Perceptions from North-East Nigeria
Nutrition in Humanitarian ContextsBreastfeedingEmergency NutritionInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
Household and contextual factors strongly influenced the practice, promotion, and support of breastfeeding in North-East Nigeria. Breastfeeding promotion and support were well received and contributed to improved practices, but would be more effective if tailored to address specific barriers to exclusive breastfeeding.
Home Garden Interventions in Crisis and Emergency Settings
Nutrition in Humanitarian ContextsCOVID-19Emergency NutritionFood SystemsGenderResilienceWater, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
Authors call for conducting more research on long-term garden care and sustainability, identifying critical inputs and supports, integrating contextual factors, and developing testable linkages between direct and indirect program effects and pathways.
Jalal-Abad TV Spotlights Successful Early Childhood Development Story: Inspiring Early Learning and Responsive Care Practices in the Kyrgyz Republic
Early Childhood DevelopmentBreastfeedingComplementary FeedingInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal Nutrition
This news segment showcases work that promotes responsive care and early learning, emphasizes efforts to promote good nutrition and feeding practices for mothers and children, and highlights the significance of the critical period from pregnancy through a child’s second birthday to ensure optimal nutrition and growth.
Implementing Integrated and Inclusive Nurturing Care in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Early Childhood DevelopmentChild Nutrition
Early childhood development (ECD) experts discuss challenges and opportunities working on integrated, inclusive nurturing care-based programs. The USAID Children in Adversity team leader discusses the government's approach to supporting ECD. This is a webinar.
Promoting Childhood Development Globally Through Caregiving Interventions
Early Childhood DevelopmentAnemiaGenderWater, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
This collection of papers examines program quality, including interventions for children in crisis and conflict settings, parenting to impact child development and reduce violence and maternal depression, integrating early childhood interventions with other services, delivering services remotely, scaling programs, and partnering with government agencies.
Nurturing Care Framework Progress Report 2018–2023: Reflections and Looking Forward
Early Childhood DevelopmentChild NutritionCOVID-19Gender
This report summarizes the achievements of the Nurturing Care Framework, including the development of new global measures for population-level assessments of early child development (ECD), an extensive research repository, and ECD profiles for 197 countries.
How Talking to Babies Can Boost Their Brain Development
Early Childhood Development
Babies’ exposure to language affects their brain development. Playing word games, letting the baby take the lead in conversations, and engaging in contingent interactions when a caregiver responds promptly and meaningfully to what the baby is doing, are particularly important.
Tool and Guide for Reviewing the Nutrition Content of Pre-Service Training Curricula
Capacity StrengtheningAnemiaBreastfeedingInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal NutritionMicronutrient InterventionsNutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support (NACS)
The tool and accompanying guide provide resources for prioritizing cadres of health workers providing frontline nutrition services, identify relevant competencies, determine if the pre-service training curricula address these competencies, and update curricula.
To Improve Nutrition Outcomes, Increase Support for Health Workers’ Skill Development
Capacity StrengtheningAdolescent NutritionBreastfeedingGrowth Monitoring and PromotionInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal Nutrition
To detect nutrition issues, support treatment, and facilitate the prevention of malnutrition health workers need the right competencies. Investing in strengthening the nutrition content of pre-service training curricula can have large-scale, sustainable results.
Civic Engagement is Creating a More Equitable Health System in Timor-Leste
Capacity StrengtheningGenderWater, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
To bridge the gap between communities and the health system and reduce health disparities, USAID is supporting a health network of civil society organizations to identify health system problems and solutions, effectively engage with the Ministry of Health, and participate in monitoring to hold the government accountable.
Structuring the Complexity of Integrated Landscape Approaches into Selectable, Scalable, and Measurable Attributes
The integrated landscape approaches (ILAs) mixing board helps planners, evaluators, and other stakeholders plan, diagnose, compare, and evaluate ILAs. Further application of the tool will facilitate comparative analysis and inform development of evidence-based land use policy.
Accounting for Dietary Deprivations in Rural Africa: Poor Households, Poor Farms, or Poor Food Environments?
Food SystemsFood SecurityFood Systems
This analysis of datasets from rural Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Tanzania produced evidence of the important role of wealth and livestock diversification in reducing dietary deprivation and the strong association of local farming systems with dietary outcomes.
Briefing Note: WHO Guideline on the Prevention and Management of Wasting and Nutritional Oedema (Acute Malnutrition) in Infants and Children Under 5 Years
Nutrition and Health SystemsAcute MalnutritionBreastfeeding
Mothers and infants at risk of poor growth and development should be cared for as a unit and breastfeeding support is critical. Not all children with moderate wasting need specially formulated food and programmers should prioritize those who need this support based on certain risk factors.
Addressing Overweight and Obesity in LMICs in the Realm of Rural Development and Food Systems
Food SystemsFood Systems
Results from a literature review and five country examples show that most food system-related interventions use traditional approaches such as food package labeling, price manipulation, and changing the food environment but there is a gap in the evidence on what works.
Promoting a Continuum of Care for Wasted Children: Lessons Learned from Democratic Republic of Congo Webinar
Nutrition in Humanitarian ContextsAcute Malnutrition
Speakers shared learning on coordination and collaboration with the aim of strengthening the continuum of care for the treatment and prevention of wasting in children under five and the ready-to-use therapeutic food supply chain. This is a webinar. It is available in English and French.
A Guidance Package for Developing Digital Tracking and Decision-Support Tools for Growth Monitoring and Promotion Services
Nutrition and Health SystemsBreastfeedingComplementary FeedingGrowth Monitoring and PromotionInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
This guidance package facilitates the development of country-specific digital tools for delivery and supervision of growth monitoring and promotion services. It provides recommendations to save time and resources; reduce duplication of effort, errors, and inconsistencies; and ensure fidelity to global guidance.
Nutrition and Feeding of Children with Feeding Difficulties and Disabilities: Gaps, Progress, and Opportunities
Early Childhood DevelopmentBreastfeedingChild NutritionInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
This review offers recommendations including strengthening systems to improve identification, early intervention, and inclusion of children with complex needs in primary health care settings; expanding the availability of specialized services; and providing direct support to families to address social determinants that affect nutrition outcomes.
Improvement of Community Health Worker Counseling Skills through Early Childhood Development (ECD) Videos, Supervision, and Mentorship: A Mixed Methods Pre-Post Evaluation from Tanzania
Early Childhood DevelopmentGender
In Tanzania, the use of training videos and greater supervision and mentorship were associated with improvements in community health worker performance in providing nurturing care counseling and engaging fathers, especially in home settings.
Strengthening the Capacity of State Committees for Food and Nutrition to Support Enhanced Multi-Sectoral Coordination and Programming
This capacity assessment of State Committees for Food and Nutrition suggests several steps for strengthening them, including establishing and supporting functional committees at the local government level, improving resource mobilization, and establishing and improving monitoring and evaluation systems.