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Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (IYCF-E) toolkit version 2

Author: Save the Children
Year: 2014
Resource type: Field tool

Rapid start-up resources for emergency nutrition personnel

Malnutrition is one of the major threats to child survival during an emergency and for those who survive it, it can also have tremendous consequences on their cognitive, social, motor skill, physical and emotional development. If caught in time malnutrition can usually be treated but this is not always the case. Further management of acute malnutrition in infants is complicated by a lack of evidence and knowledge about diagnosis and the most appropriate treatment protocols in different contexts. For a myriad of reasons prevention of malnutrition must be the goal, with treatment as a safety net. The best way to prevent malnutrition is through ensuring optimal feeding and care for children through supporting exclusive breastfeeding, appropriate complementary foods, and a supportive care environment – the backbone of IYCF-E programming. 
This toolkit has been developed by Save the Children. For assistance with the IYCF-E Toolkit or for suggestions of additional resources to add, please email

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Click here to access the toolkit in English and Arabic (French soon to follow). 

The documents have been split into 3 sub-folders:

1)      Core Toolkit - Essential Documents for an IYCF-E Response

2)      Key Implementation Resources - Useful Documents for Initiating an IYCF-E Response

3)      References - Key Guidelines, guidance Notes and Examples Related to IYCF-E




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Save the Children (2014). Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (IYCF-E) toolkit version 2.



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