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Issue 2, April 2010: A&T announces small grants recipients, plus more program updates
Welcome to the second edition of the Alive & Thrive (A&T) newsletter. This issue features the announcement of recipients for our Small Grants Program, a video clip used in health worker training in Bangladesh, and the second Abstract Digest, with summaries of recent infant and young child feeding research.
Announcement of small grants recipients
A&T awarded grants to eight recipients for the first round of its Small Grants Program. The grants will test innovations for overcoming barriers to improved feeding practices.
A&T is delivering infant and young child feeding (IYCF) services through BRAC's frontline workers. These services include counseling, coaching, and demonstration of improved IYCF practices. In this video, A&T's Senior Technical Advisor in Bangladesh highlights excerpts of the training video used for frontline health workers.
Watch the short video
In each issue of Abstract Digest, Alive & Thrive summarizes recently published research, highlighting key information about infant and young child feeding practices as well as program implications. Clicking on the title will take you to the longer A&T summary.
Early initiation of breastfeeding is one of three child health interventions found to be significantly related to reductions in under-5 mortality rates in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia during the past 5-10 years.
In rural India, length-for-age at 6-12 months of age was found to be positively associated with a composite complementary feeding index, which revealed that the major problems were delayed introduction of semi-solid/solid foods and very low dietary diversity, with particularly low intakes of meat, poultry, eggs, fruits, and vegetables.
Indonesian households that spent more money on high-quality, non-grain foods were less likely to have stunted children, even after controlling for household socio-economic status. However, with the rise in food prices in developing countries, non-grain foods will likely become less affordable and malnutrition more prevalent.
Adding small amounts of lipid-based supplements could address multiple nutritional deficiencies in emergency food packages given to infants, young children, and pregnant and lactating women.
A group of experts reviewed the results of a meta-analysis of randomized trials comparing multiple micronutrients (MMN) with daily iron-folic acid supplementation during pregnancy. The experts concluded that replacing iron-folic acid supplements with MMN supplements will improve infant health outcomes, though the success of this strategy will depend on the improvement of related maternal and child health interventions.
Alive & Thrive (A&T) is an initiative supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve infant and young child feeding in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Viet Nam and to inform policies and programs around the world. A&T is a consortium of organizations, comprising AED-ARTS, BRAC, GMMB, IFPRI (International Food Policy Research Institute), Save the Children, University of California-Davis, and World Vision.