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18th October 2022: Providing Breastfeeding Counselling During Emergencies: How Can We Do That?

 The objectives of this webinar were:

  1. To disseminate the Operational Guidance on Breastfeeding Counselling in Emergencies and relevant tools
  2. To showcase best practices on how to provide skilled Infant and Young Child Feeding counselling to women and children affected by emergencies and highlight the requirements and conditions to be put in place to be able to provide skilled Infant and Young Child Feeding counselling
  3. To document concerns, questions, issues that field workers have on breastfeeding counselling during emergencies

This webinar will be of interest to: Emergency field workers (health, nutrition, protection, mental health); Programme managers designing health and nutrition responses; Government staff (health and nutrition). 

Country/field experiences were presented along wiht a Q&A session.

8th September 2022: Complementary Feeding in Emergencies Programming and Resources

Previous assessments have highlighted the need to document complementary feeding programming in emergency contexts. In order to contribute to improving complementary feeding in emergency programming, the Infant Feeding in Emergencies (IFE) Core Group, in collaboration with UNICEF and USAID Advancing Nutrition, produced case studies on programming in Nigeria, Sudan, Myanmar, and Yemen. These case studies outline policy, institutional and community level interventions across the food, health, water and sanitation and social protection sectors along the humanitarian-development nexus based on the Action Framework for improving diets of infants and young children.

3rd August 2022: World Breastfeeding Week - Two More Reasons to Step up for Breastfeeding  

The Global Breastfeeding Collective held a webinar on August 3rd 2022 as part of World Breastfeeding Week to learn about the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, find tools and resources to help adopt them in health systems, and be inspired by stories about the Ten Steps in action. The IFE Core Group presented in the second part of this webinar on What's next for Infants and Young Children in Emergencies’.

Watch the webinar in English below, or click here for links to other languages as well as our blog. 

21st March 2022: Strategies for Infant and Young Child Feeding in Climate-Related Emergencies

As climate-change related emergencies increase, the need for support for mothers and their young children is greater than ever. However, common practices in disaster relief and during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as donations of infant formula and cessation of breastfeeding counseling programmes, undermine child survival. Supporting women by protecting and supporting breastfeeding, starting in pregnancy, and encouraging appropriate complementary feeding are proven strategies for reducing health risks to infants and young children. These strategies can also limit the impact of the rapidly growing formula industry on climate change and the first-food system.  

In this session, experts shared: 

Watch the webinar here: 

4th December 2021: Nutrition for Growth Official Side Event: Infant Feeding in Emergencies - Learning from other countries' experiences. 

On the occasion of the Nutrition for Growth Summit, global experts present experiences and evidence-based information on infant feeding in emergencies: how to protect infants’ health in emergencies (for both breastfed and non-breastfed infants), how to build secure systems as preparedness to provide appropriate infant feeding in emergencies, how to help vulnerable population to overcome/avoid malnutrition in emergencies. 

Watch the webinar here: 

24th November 2021: Sharing and Learning Cafe on WHO/UNICEF IYCF Indicators: challenges and opportunites in humanitarian contexts

During this Learning and Sharing cafe webinar, the IFE Core Group disseminated the findings and recommendations of the IYCF-E assessment mapping exercise, raised awareness on the updated WHO/UNICEF IYCF indicatiors and discussed opportunities, challenges and best practises for using the IYCF indicators in emergency contexts. 

Watch the webinar here: 


7 October 2021: Sharing and Learning Cafe on Preventing and Managing Inappropriate Donations

The webinar included:

View the presentation,Q&A and infographic here

11 August 2021: ‘Learning and Sharing Café’ on Shared Responsibilties for Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies  

The IFE Core Group and the GNC Technical Alliance held a ‘Learning and Sharing Café’ on Infant and Young Child Feeding. Titled “Shared Responsibilities for Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies - Experiences implementing the IYCF Multi-sector Framework for Action”. 

The Learning and Sharing Café provided an opportunity to reflect on how different sectors could ‘share the responsibility’ of protecting, promoting, and supporting infant and young child feeding during emergencies.

The webinar presented the IYCF Framework: A Multi-sector Framework for Action, and highlighted some experiences of implementation including from Uganda and Ethiopia. 

VIew the presentation and Q&A session here

23 June 2021: GNC Satellite Event 7 | Infant & Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (IYCF-E) 

The session aimed at advancing Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (IYCF-E) by presenting the IFE Core Group and the group’s recently developed Strategy (2020-2024), Theory of Change and Action Plan, and highlighting areas for potential engagement by members and GNC partners. The session also provided an opportunity to disseminate some of the most recent IYCF-E activities, tools and achievements.

View the presentation here


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