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Infant Feeding in Emergencies (IFE) Core Group

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The IFE Core Group is an international community of practice around infant and young child feeding in emergencies (IYCF-E). It is an interagency collaboration. 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.

The IFE Core Group seeks to fast track the link between practitioner experience and policy and guidance development and implementation.

2016/17 workplan

In 2016/17 the IFE Core Group worked to update the Operational Guidance on Infant Feeding in Emergencies, which is now complete and available here (version 3.0, October 2017). This was a two year programme of work, co-lead by ENN (funded by OFDA) and UNICEF. Information regarding the process is available from ENN technical Director Emily Mates.

IFE Core Group members 

Membership comprises named individuals with responsibility for strategic oversight and operations related to infant and young child feeding in emergencies. They may be independent or associated with an agency. Current members of the IFE Core Group are:

 

 

IFE Core Group logos 2016

Individual members: Karleen Gribble, Marko Kerac

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 

Infant and young child feeding in emergencies: Operational guidance for emergency relief staff and programme managers. Version 3.0. October 2017.

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)

Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies: Making it Happen. Report of a regional workshop on IFE

 

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. 

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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