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Interim Operational Considerations for the feeding support of Infants and Young Children under 2 years of age in refugee and migrant transit settings in Europe

Author: UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children, ENN & reviewers
Year: 2015
Resource type: Official

The note outlines benefits, risks, options, and resources for supporting appropriate infant and young child feeding (IYCF) in children under 2 years of age in refugee and migrant transit situations in Europe.

Key considerations taken into account in this guidance include prevalent but often suboptimal breastfeeding practices, prevalent use of infant formula in this context, low contact and follow up opportunities with carers and children, likely lack of skilled IYCF workers, and often limited water, hygiene and sanitation facilities.

This note draws from key policy guidance (including UNCHR, 2015) and provides direction where guidance is limited for this context. It outlines the minimum level of assessment and support that is needed. A more detailed programmatic guidance is in development. Visit www.ennet.org for updates.

Key considerations, priorities and protective actions (sections C-E) are elaborated on in sections F to J. Key resources are listed in section K and contacts in section L. This guidance was developed with input of agencies and individuals experienced in IYCF in emergencies and with frontline operations in the current humanitarian response. 

It is available in English and Greek.

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Infant-and-Young-Child-Feeding-in-Transit-011015_FINAL.pdf (PDF, 589kb)

Interim-Guidance_October-2015_Greek.pdf (PDF, 481kb)

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UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children, ENN & reviewers (2015). Interim Operational Considerations for the feeding support of Infants and Young Children under 2 years of age in refugee and migrant transit settings in Europe. www.ennonline.net/interimconsiderationsiycftransit

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