Promoting young child feeding with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church

01 Jul 17
Topic(s): Complementary feeding, Research
Location: Ethiopia
Language(s): English
Audience: Policy makers and legislators, Program designers and implementers
Programs: Community mobilization
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Eighty-five percent of the population in Amhara is Orthodox Christian. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church (EOC) requires followers above the age of 7 to fast for over 180 days a year, which includes abstaining from all animal source foods and consuming their first meal of the day after noon.2 In 2014, Alive & Thrive (A&T) explored whether religious cultural norms and traditions were preventing children from consuming animal source foods.