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Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Exploring the Influence of Social Norms on Complementary Feeding: A Scoping Review of Observational, Intervention, and Effectiveness Studies

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Food SecurityInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal NutritionNutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support (NACS)Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
Social norms and cultural beliefs can be influential barriers or facilitators for adopting improved complementary feeding (CF) practices, but guidance to address norms and beliefs is limited.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Volunteer Community Health and Agriculture Workers Help Reduce Childhood Malnutrition in Tajikistan

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Adolescent NutritionMaternal NutritionWater, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
Community volunteers specializing in maternal, newborn, and child health, water, sanitation, and hygiene activities, and agriculture are an effective workforce to improve individual knowledge, attitudes, and practices that result in better nutrition and improve the dietary diversity of women and children.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Series on Maternal and Child Undernutrition Progress

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Acute MalnutritionAdolescent NutritionCOVID-19Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal NutritionMicronutrient Interventions
Three new papers build upon findings from the 2008 and 2013 Series. They conclude that despite modest progress, maternal and child undernutrition remains a major global health concern.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Mobilising Evidence, Data, and Resources to Achieve Global Maternal and Child Undernutrition Targets and the Sustainable Development Goals: An Agenda for Action

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Adolescent NutritionAnemiaBreastfeedingCOVID-19Emergency Nutrition Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal NutritionMicronutrient InterventionsNutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support (NACS)Nutrition Sensitive AgricultureWater, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
New evidence from national and state-level success stories in stunting reduction reinforces the need for multisectoral actions to address underlying determinants of undernutrition and identifies key features of enabling political environments. Well-resourced nutrition data and information systems are essential to support this work. 
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

The Lancet Series on Maternal & Child Undernutrition Progress

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Adolescent NutritionMaternal NutritionWater, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
Multi-sectoral nutrition leaders discuss how the evidence base for nutrition; health; food systems; social protection; and water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions has evolved since the first Lancet Series on Maternal & Child Undernutrition was published in 2013. They also identify priority actions to regain and accelerate progress within the next decade. This is a webinar.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Why Tackling Malnutrition Matters for Women's Empowerment

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Adolescent NutritionCOVID-19Maternal Nutrition
While gender equality and women’s empowerment are associated with improved child nutrition, early childhood nutrition also contributes to strong and healthy women. Interventions such as supplying pregnant women with prenatal vitamins can make a significant difference to their financial security and economic empowerment.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Micronutrient Forum 5th Global Conference: CONNECTED 2020

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Adolescent NutritionAnemiaBreastfeedingCOVID-19Emergency Nutrition Food SafetyInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal NutritionNutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support (NACS)Nutrition Sensitive AgriculturePrivate-Sector Engagement
Recently made available to the public at no cost, conference research tracks explore Micronutrient Biology and Status Assessment, Efficacy and Safety of Micronutrient Interventions, Program Effectiveness, Designing an Enabling Environment for Micronutrients, and Food Systems. Slideshows and other written materials accompany recorded presentations.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

2021: Make-or-Break Year to Keep Nutrition Promises to Mothers and Children

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Acute MalnutritionAdolescent NutritionBreastfeedingCOVID-19Maternal Nutrition
Fortifying foods with essential vitamins and nutrients, supporting mothers to breastfeed, treating acute malnutrition, and providing nutrient supplements to mothers and children are proven, cost-effective solutions, but this work remains underfunded, limiting the ability to scale interventions.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Minimum Dietary Diversity for Women: An Updated Guide to Measurement: From Collection to Action

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BreastfeedingMaternal Nutrition
Authors discuss high quality methodologies to collect, analyze, interpret, and present data on women’s dietary diversity for use in research, impact assessment, and large-scale health and nutrition surveys.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Child Health Redesign

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Adolescent NutritionInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal Nutrition
Greater understanding of the interconnectedness of maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health led the World Health Organization and UNICEF to shift away from an exclusive focus on under-5 survival and toward an integrated ecological life course perspective. Authors call for greater integration of disability in children and adolescents into the global health agenda.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Case Studies Show How Medical Colleges in India Can Improve the Quality of MIYCN Service Delivery

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Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal Nutrition
By revising the undergraduate curriculum and updating service delivery protocols at hospitals, medical colleges are building the capacity of future generations of medical practitioners to deliver evidence-based maternal nutrition and infant and young child nutrition services.
USAID Nutrition Resource Hub

Modality Decision Tool: Nutrition Addendum

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Nutrition in Humanitarian Contexts Emergency Nutrition Food SecurityInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal NutritionMicronutrient Interventions
The Modality Decision Tool (MDT) Nutrition Addendum aids implementing partners to apply a nutrition lens to the selection of appropriate food assistance modalities (cash, vouchers, or in-kind) for the nutritionally vulnerable.
USAID Nutrition Resource Hub

Recommended Maternal Nutrition Priorities for Uganda: Findings from the Maternal Nutrition Operational Guidance Field Test

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Nutrition and Health Systems Maternal Nutrition
This report on maternal nutrition priorities in Uganda highlights findings from a field test of Maternal Nutrition Operational Guidance: Program Considerations for Low- and Middle-Income Countries, published by the USAID-funded Maternal and Child Survival Program.
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

Impact of Nutrient Supplementation on Maternal Nutrition and Child Growth and Development in Sub‐Saharan Africa: The Case of Small‐Quantity Lipid‐Based Nutrient Supplements

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Maternal NutritionMicronutrient Interventions
Small‐quantity lipid‐based nutrient supplements, given alone or as part of an intervention package, improved infant and child growth in most, but not all, clinical trials reviewed. Supplementation may have greater impact if programs also address underlying factors that contribute to growth faltering.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Adapting NTEAM’s Technical Assistance for Nutrition Project in Bangladesh to Support the National Response to the Nutrition Challenges Posed by COVID-19

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COVID-19Emergency Nutrition Food SecurityMaternal NutritionNutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support (NACS)
Nutrition International staff describe efforts to support the Government of Bangladesh in its COVID-19 response planning and implementation and discuss revising guidelines for food basket provision and forecasting the impacts of COVID-19 on malnutrition in detail. The director general of the Bangladesh National Nutrition Council discusses nine prioritized mitigation measures.
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.