Infant Feeding in Emergencies (IFE) Core Group

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The IFE Core Group is an expert advocacy and resource group on infant and young child feeding in emergencies. It functions as an interagency collaboration with full and associate members.

The Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN) is the coordinating agency and its website is a ‘home’ for the resources produced by the IFE Core Group.

The IFE Core Group has produced a number of resources and outputs, listed in full below. 

Over the years, the IFE Core Group has worked with many agencies, individual experts and directly with field teams and welcomes collaboration.

IFE Core Group members 

The IFE Core Group goal is to strengthen the protection, promotion and support of safe and appropriate infant and young child feeding in emergencies. Emergency preparedness, the quality and timeliness of emergency response, and recovery are key considerations and focus areas in the work of the group.

Membership comprises named individuals with expertise in policy and programming in and/or relevant to infant and young child feeding in emergencies. They may be independent or associated with an agency.

Current full members of the IFE Core Group (indivduals located within agencies) are:

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Associate member:

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Individual members:

Ali Maclaine and Karleen Gribble

IFE Core Group areas of activity

The IFE Core Group’s work to date has centred on development of policy guidance and capacity building tools, capturing and learning from what happens in emergency response with regard to infant and young child feeding and promoting policy and practice change in the context of preparedness and response.

The IFE Core Group strategic areas of activity are:

The IFE Core Group does not directly implement programmes.

 

IFE Core Group resources and outputs 

Operational Guidance on Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies, v 2.1 (2007) Available in 13 languages

Infant Feeding in Emergencies (IFE) Module 2, Version 1.1 (2007)

Integration of IYCF support into CMAM (2009)

Infant Feeding in Emergencies (IFE) Making it Matter: Report of an international strategy meeting (2006)

http://www.ennonline.net/makingithappen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Talking about IYCF and child age: a briefing 

Orientation Package on IFE, v2.1, 2010. English.

Complementary feeding in emergencies. A review of training resources and needs.. October, 2009

Media guide on IFE..  English, French, German, Spanish, Arabic.

Follow up report of regional workshop on IFE.. 2009

Model joint statement on IFE

Key messages on IFE - for mothers and caregivers. English and French

Protecting infants in emergencies: the role of the public. IFE Core Group.

World Breastfeeding Week, 2009. 'Breastfeeding, a vital emergency response: are you ready?'

IFE Core Group Strategy Meeting Report, November, 2010

Please see our Resources section for more IYCF-E resources. 

Feedback and support  

In order to develop and update the policy guidance and training materials, your feedback is vital. Any experiences of using the materials in training, gaps in the materials, or issues around infant feeding in emergences that you wish to share with us, are welcome. 

IFE Core Group Funding 

Each member identifies their own funds to support their individual engagement in the IFE Core Group. At a minimum, participation will require advocacy, lesson sharing and indentifying gaps.

Additional funds, either sourced through individual agencies or secured as a collective, are identified to undertake specific activities. Additional capacity to undertake activities may be available within member agencies or may need to be expanded, e.g. attaching a consultant to an agency to undertake work.

Contact the IFE Core Group

IFE Core Group
c/o Emergency Nutrition Network
32 Leopold Street
Oxford
OX4 1TW
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1865 324996/249745
Fax: +44 (0)1865 324997
Email Marie McGrath

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Reference this page

Chloe Angood (2014). IFE Core Group. www.ennonline.net/ifecoregroup