Infant and young child feeding

Training Materials

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The Nutrition and Hygiene for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Nigeria training package was designed to provide basic technical knowledge on nutrition and hygiene needs beyond the first 1...

News

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SPRING/Sierra Leone and HKI hosted an event to share findings from a barrier analysis, an adapted value chain analysis of fish and pumpkin consumption, and an assessment on infant feeding...

Farmers from Mother to Mother Support Group of the Gbeozua Community, Bawku West District, Upper East Region, share their joy at the result of adopting SPRING’s program that introduced vitamin A enriched maize for cultivation in order to improve the diet of the 1,000 day households.

SPRING/Ghana hosted a visit from USAID/Ghana and USAID/ DC staff to program sites on November 1–2, 2016.

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SPRING/Kyrgyz Republic and the Jalal Abad Mayor's Office held a 5K run promoting exercise, nutrition, and healthy children.

Series

The evaluators discussing the package

SPRING has partnered with UNICEF, the the Federal Ministry of Health of Nigeria, the Kaduna State Ministry of Health, and the Kajuru local government area to evaluate the community based...

Reports

Young girls listen to an interview with a newly married woman who regularly attends CIYCF support group meetings.

This progress report is part of the evaluation of Nigeria’s Community Infant and Young Child Feeding (C‐ IYCF) Counselling Package, a joint endeavor with the Federal Ministry of Health (...

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SPRING has partnered with UNICEF, the the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) of Nigeria, the Kaduna Stated Ministry of Health (SMOH), and the Kajuru local government area (LGA) to evaluate...

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Following the training of data collectors, the in‐depth interviews with key stakeholders from the enabling environment, and a maternal survey, we oversaw the management, entry, and analysis...

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Since September 2014, the evaluation has moved quickly. The protocol and data collection tools (semistructured interviews with federal, state, LGA, community, and health‐facility leaders;...

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Between June and September 2014, with input from UNICEF, SPRING finalized the study protocol and numerous data collection tools, and completed the recruitment process for a local study...

Women attend a C-IYCF support group meeting in Nigeria. Sascha Lamstein, SPRING.

The C-IYCF Counselling Package provides information and guidance for community volunteers (CV) and primary health care staff when they support mothers, fathers, and other caregivers to...

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Micronutrient powders (MNP) are one of the few interventions that address multiple micronutrient deficiencies simultaneously and contribute to anemia reduction in young children from six to...

Success Stories

Bege Support Group members discuss optimal infant and young child feeding with community leader Mai Unguwar.

To help the women of Kajuru overcome these challenges, we supported a series of meetings with community leaders about the importance of optimal IYCF practices for the first 1000 days from...

Aminci Support Group members contribute money to a common pool of funds that can be used to increase the diversity of foods eaten by their families.

To bring better infant and young child feeding practices to caregivers like the ones in Kajuru Ward, the FMOH—with support from UNICEF—is rolling out the C-IYCF Counselling Package. As part...

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How the Jos South Local Government Area (LGA) in Nigeria’s Plateau State came to prioritize improved nutrition by allocating funding for infant and young child feeding (IYCF) activities for...

Photo of Miss Bantaabu, a community health worker, meets with Madam Kusumi Gipi (right) during a counseling session about breastfeeding.

Funded by USAID, SPRING/Ghana’s scaling up of the UNICEF infant and young child feeding (IYCF) training package in 15 districts in northern Ghana encourages early initiation of...

Hajiya Abdullahi talks with infant and young child feeding support group members in Toto, Nigeria.

In May 2015, Hajiya Abdullahi, an orphan and vulnerable children (OVC) desk officer at the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in Toto LGA attended a training on infant and...

Union Facilitator Oloka Biswas speaks to a farmer nutrition school graduate and her family members.

Not many people can say they have a “Nutrition Sister” and a “Nutrition Brother.” In Bangladesh, participants in the farmer nutrition schools (FNS) implemented by SPRING, came to look...

SPRING Nutrition Coordinator Grace Essien visits a household vegetable garden in Ebom, Nigeria, where residents believed they could not grow their own food.

After attending a training on optimal infant and young child feeding in September 2015, community volunteer Janet Nkanu was determined to help families in Ebom, Nigeria increase their...

Community activist Nazira Subankulova with the fresh produce she sells. After SPRING’s nutrition trainings, it is now in high demand.

As a volunteer, Nazira spends several hours a week visiting neighbors and hosting meetings to talk about nutrition based on what she learned from SPRING.

Faustina Kiisi, a community health nurse at Tolon Health Center, reaches out to her colleagues on WhatsApp.

With WhatsApp, nurses and other health workers can turn to colleagues for assistance at any time.

Galleries

Chinyere Ekwueme, IYCF Desk Officer from the FCT Primary Heatlh Care Development Agency, recognizes SPRING's leadership in the harmonization of IYCF tools and strengthening the data collection process.

In November 2016, representatives from the Government of Nigeria, USAID, international NGOs, and civil society organizations gathered for a final meeting to celebrate the achievements and...

Sports competition winners

SPRING/Kyrgyz Republic and the Jalal Abad Mayor's Office held a 5K run promoting exercise, nutrition, and healthy children.

Briefs

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This brief presents key findings from the baseline study related to five aspects of women’s empowerment: educational attainment, employment, participation in decision making, control of...

Location: Nigeria
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Between December 2014 and June 2015, we conducted 21 interviews with key informants from the federal government, Kaduna State government, and Kajuru LGA as well as semi-structured...

Location: Nigeria
Photo of an infant on a woman's shoulder

The C-IYCF Counselling Package provides information and guidance for community volunteers (CV) and primary health care staff for supporting mothers, fathers, and other caregivers to...

Location: Nigeria

Job Aids and Tools

Community Volunteers complete a simple register at the end of each support group meeting

In 2014, SPRING embarked on a collaboration with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) of Nigeria, to evaluate the Community Infant and Young...

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Resource Review Summaries

How can nutrition education and behavior change influence agricultural interventions? In 2014, process reviews were conducted in Cambodia and Malawi of food security projects that provided...

A working paper in the GAIN Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN) series, entitled "Strengthening the enabling environment for scaling up access to good quality complementary foods,"...

The Realigning Agriculture to Improve Nutrition (RAIN) project aimed to design, implement and evaluate a model of multi-sectoral integration of interventions to reduce the prevalence of...

In 2011, one in every four children under 5 years of age worldwide was stunted. The realization that most stunting cannot be explained by poor diet or by diarrhea, nor completely reversed...

This paper documents the Alive & Thrive project’s efforts to scale-up infant and young child feeding interventions in three countries from 2009 to 2013. Systems strengthening is seen as...

SPRING, UNICEF, and the World Food Program (WFP), in collaboration with the Ugandan Ministry of Health (MOH), launched a home fortification program as a strategy to combat micronutrient...

The final report of the Technical Meeting on “Integrating Agriculture and Nutrition Education for Improved Young Child Feeding” consists of 2 parts. The first covers the proceedings of the...

The FAO has published detailed process reviews of two agriculture-nutrition education projects that aimed to improve infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices using local foods,...

The State of the World's Children in Numbers, is an engaging, interactive, and thoughtfully designed web-based tool highlighting data and stories about the children around the world. PDF...