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Issue 7, January 2012: Alive & Thrive TV campaign, policy dialogue, and new technical brief

Featured Story

In December Alive & Thrive launched a mass media campaign in Viet Nam with TV spots on exclusive breastfeeding and frequent breastfeeding.


Policy dialogue on maternity leave

One policy issue in discussion in Viet Nam is extending paid maternity leave from 4 to 6 months. Longer leave could facilitate adoption of 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding.


New technical brief on nutrition and cognition

The latest technical brief reviews evidence of the effect of undernutrition from conception through the first two years of life on brain development and on the short-term and long-term development of cognitive, motor, and socio-emotional skills.


Abstract digest

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.

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 FHI 360, BRAC, GMMB, IFPRI (International Food Policy Research Institute), Save the Children, University of California-Davis, and World Vision.