Combining intensive counseling by frontline workers with a nationwide mass media campaign has large differential impacts on complementary feeding practices but not on child growth: results of a cluster-randomized evaluation (Menon P., 2016. J of Nutr)
Complementary feeding (CF) contributes to child growth and development, but few CF programs are delivered at scale. Alive & Thrive (A&T) addressed this in Bangladesh through intensified interpersonal counseling (IPC), mass media (MM), and community mobilization (CM).
Can complex programs be sustained? A mixed methods sustainability evaluation of a national infant and young child feeding program in Bangladesh and Vietnam (Moucheraud, C., 2020. BMC Public Health)
This study evaluates the sustainability of activities introduced during A&T implementation (2009–2014) in Bangladesh and Vietnam, revealing that multiple activities, such as mass media campaigns, policy and advocacy activities, and social mobilization activities were integral to the program’s
These two infographics summarize Alive & Thrive’s work in Bangladesh from 2009 to 2014. The rigorously evaluated intervention resulted in large scale improvements in exclusive breastfeeding and complementary feeding practices.
Large-scale behavior-change initiative for infant and young child feeding advanced language and motor development in a cluster-randomized program evaluation in Bangladesh (Frongillo EA., 2017. Journal of Nutrition)
Improving infant and young child feeding (IYCF) has the potential to contribute to child development outcomes as well as nutrition.
This paper included a literature review and four case studies (including A&T work in Bangladesh) on large-scale nutrition programs with proven impact.
Handwashing before food preparation and child feeding: a missed opportunity for hygiene promotion (Nizame FA., 2013. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene)
Enteric diseases are often caused by poor hygiene and can contribute to stunting. In Bangladesh preparing food, serving food, feeding children, and eating food with bare hands is a common practice, yet most handwashing promotion has focused on fecal contact.