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Infant Feeding in Emergencies (IFE)                  Core Group

The Infant Feeding in Emergencies (IFE) Core Group is a global collaboration of agencies and individuals that formed in 1999 to address policy guidance and training resource gaps hampering programming on infant and young child feeding support in emergencies.

The IFE Core Group does not directly implement programmes but rather develops guidance and resource materials, documents lessons learned, and builds capacity for effective Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) support in emergency contexts. The IFE Core Group is the Global Thematic Working Group on Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies as part of the Global Nutrition Cluster Technical Alliance (GNC-TA)

IFE Core Group members bring challenges and issues to the collective membership for peer support and guidance. This facilitates rapid application of up-to-date experience in operations and connects on-the-ground experiences with the development of agency and global policy guidance. See the IFE Core Group Strategy here

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IFE Core Group Resources and Outputs

The IFE Core Group engages in the development of useful resources and publications on Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (IYCF-E). Documents consist of the latest guidance on IYCF-E developed to fill identified gaps, reports that document gaps and needs in IYCF-E programming, and other documents and tools useful in advocacy and communication. In the twenty years since the IFE Core Group was formed it has developed and updated the IYCF in Emergencies Operational Guidance (IYCF-E OG), developed and/or contributed to a number of other guidance materials, generated training materials, provided guidance on how to communicate with the media, and held and participated in key meetings and fora.


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

IYCF-E infographic series

IYCF-E and MAMI: Working together to support the continuity of quality, respectful care for at-risk infants under six months and their mothers in humanitarian contexts

Operational Guidance on Breastfeeding Counselling in Emergencies

Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats in wartime situations: The impact on breastfeeding safety and infant/ young child feeding practices

The Repository - IYCF-E: what does the science tell us?

Additional IFE Core Group Resources and Outputs

IFE Core Group Members

IFE Core Group members include 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:

Individual members: Alison Donnelly, Angela Giusti, Bindi Borg, Caroline Abla, Deborah Wilson, Hiroko Hongo, Isabelle Modigell, Karleen Gribble, Magdalena Whoolery, Mija Tesse-Ververs, Shela Hirani, Yara Sfeir.


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