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Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

A Review of Nutrition-Related Service Delivery Packages: What They Train Providers to Deliver

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Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
Results of a review by USAID Advancing Nutrition emphasize the importance of promoting responsive caregiving and early learning, and supplementing training to ensure that health workers can tailor counseling to individual breastfeeding challenges, particularly in emergency contexts.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Misalignment of Global COVID-19 Breastfeeding and Newborn Care Guidelines with World Health Organization Recommendations

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BreastfeedingCOVID-19Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
Guidance during the pandemic should weigh risks posed by COVID-19 transmission against the protection provided by skin-to-skin contact, early initiation of breastfeeding, continued breastfeeding, and rooming-in. Recommendations against these practices should not be made without compelling evidence.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Breastfeeding Practices after a Counselling Intervention for Factory Workers in Bangladesh

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BreastfeedingInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
Breastfeeding practices of factory workers in a peer counseling intervention group were significantly better than those in the control group. Factories employing female workers should consider providing skilled community‐based peer counselors to improve infant health outcomes.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

The COVID-19 Infant Feeding Research Interest Group and Working Group Online

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BreastfeedingCOVID-19Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
These multidisciplinary groups of international experts identify and share what research indicates about safe infant feeding practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as pinpointing research needs. Hosted by USAID Advancing Nutrition, the online platform provides recordings of monthly meetings, resource materials, and links to register for meetings and news.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Measuring Malnutrition in All Its Forms: An Update of the Net State of Nutrition Index to Track the Global Burden of Malnutrition at Country Level

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Acute MalnutritionAdolescent NutritionGrowth Monitoring and Promotion Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal NutritionNutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support (NACS)
Adding female adult overweight and preschooler vitamin A deficiency indicators to the Net State of Nutrition Index captures important dimensions of malnutrition. Including these indicators will help policymakers tailor policies and interventions, track changes in the burden of malnutrition over time, and measure the success of investments and programs.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Introducing a Suite of Low-Burden Diet Quality Indicators That Reflect Healthy Diet Patterns at Population Level

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Growth Monitoring and Promotion Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal NutritionNutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support (NACS)
Moderate-to-strong associations between food-group scores and 11 global dietary recommendations exist. Food-group consumption data can track progress of countries and populations toward meeting WHO guidance on healthy diets.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Stakeholder Consultation: U.S. Government Global Nutrition Coordination Plan 2.0

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BreastfeedingCOVID-19Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal NutritionMicronutrient Interventions
Priorities include women’s nutrition before and during pregnancy and lactation, breastfeeding and complementary feeding for ages 0–24 months, management of wasting in children under the age of 5, and micronutrient provision. Emerging issues include COVID-19, obesity, climate, and dietary-related noncommunicable diseases.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Nutrition International Learning Resources

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BreastfeedingCOVID-19Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal NutritionMicronutrient InterventionsNutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support (NACS)
An online repository for research and knowledge products published by Nutrition International, such as scientific articles, guidelines, fact sheets, policy briefs, and online tools.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Nurturing Care for Children with Developmental Delays and Disabilities

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COVID-19Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
This webinar discusses challenges in serving children who have developmental delays and disabilities; presents emerging research; and highlights early identification, capacity building, public awareness, and psychosocial rehabilitation projects. This is a webinar.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Harnessing Global Data for Young Children

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COVID-19Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
Researchers, implementers, and civil society actors discuss challenges in measuring participation in pre-primary education, how to use data to advance human rights law for young children, the economic costs of pre-school closures due to COVID-19, and the need for better global data across the period of child development. This is a webinar.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Group-Based Parenting Interventions to Promote Child Development in Rural Kenya: A Multi-Arm, Cluster-Randomised Community Effectiveness Trial

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Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
An integrated child development intervention delivered to mother-child groups by trained community health workers improves cognitive, receptive language, and socioemotional development. 
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

A Complementary Feeding and Play Intervention Improves the Home Environment and Mental Development among Toddlers in Rural India

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Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
A responsive complementary feeding and play intervention delivered through home visits benefits children's mental development and the caregiving environment. Mothers with a high school education can deliver behavior change communication if trained and supervised.
USAID Nutrition Resource Hub

USAID Advancing Nutrition Kyrgyz Republic Fact Sheet

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Capacity Strengthening Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal Nutrition
This trilingual fact sheet (English, Russian, and Kyrgyz) describes the work of USAID Advancing Nutrition in the Kyrgyz Republic, including project goals, timeline, and partners.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Program Guidance Engaging Family Members in Improving Maternal and Child Nutrition

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Social and Behavior Change Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal Nutrition
Due to their influence on decision-making, there is a strong case for engaging fathers, grandparents, and other key family members in maternal and child nutrition programs. Their involvement increases awareness of recommended practices and can increase supportive attitudes and behaviors including exclusive breastfeeding and complementary feeding practices.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Counseling Is a Relationship Not Just a Skill: Re-Conceptualizing Health Behavior Change Communication by India’s Accredited Social Health Activists

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Social and Behavior Change Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
The ability of accredited social health activists to improve health outcomes depends on their relationships with families and the support from the health system. Training to improve interpersonal communication and develop strong relationships with community members will improve their efficacy as health behavior change communicators.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Bringing Greater Precision to Interactions between Community Health Workers and Households to Improve Maternal and Newborn Health Outcomes in India

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Social and Behavior Change BreastfeedingInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal Nutrition
Community health worker (CHW) presence, number, and timing of visits, counseling, and behavior change messaging strategies, and focus on specific household members are associated with recommended maternal and newborn care practices, including early initiation of and exclusive breastfeeding.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Experiences of the Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM) Programme in Nepal: From Pilot to Scale Up

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Nutrition in Humanitarian Contexts Acute MalnutritionEmergency Nutrition Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal Nutrition
This program addresses severe wasting in the context of humanitarian crises. Sustainability relies on a government-owned and -managed approach, a strong policy framework, national and devolved governance architecture, commitment and dedicated financing, and services integrated within a well-developed community health system and delivered by skilled government health workers.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Improving Nutritional Status among Urban Poor Children in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Evidence-Informed Delphi-Based Consultation

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Nutrition in Humanitarian Contexts Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
Little is known about how urbanization influences infant and young child (IYC) feeding practices, and evidence-based interventions to improve IYC health/nutrition among the urban poor are lacking. To maximize effectiveness, future complementary feeding interventions should include an assessment of diet quality and consider nutrition-sensitive factors during development and evaluation.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Fortified Blended Flour Supplements Displace Plain Cereals in Feeding of Young Children

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Nutrition in Humanitarian Contexts BreastfeedingInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
Lipid-based nutritional supplements and fortified blended flours are widely used to increase nutrient density of children's diets and improve health. Due to their small stomach size and rapid growth velocity, infants need higher nutrient density foods than do other family members.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Field Exchange 63

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Nutrition and Health Systems Acute MalnutritionAdolescent NutritionInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Micronutrient Interventions
The articles in this South Asia edition focus on integrating nutrition interventions into primary health care to prevent and treat wasting, integrating management of children with acute malnutrition in pediatric inpatient facilities, supporting healthy growth in infants in low-resource settings, integrating screening for acute malnutrition into the vitamin A supplementation campaign in the Rohi