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COVID-19 heavily impacts health systems, calling for concerted response

Around the world, COVID-19 has radically affected public health delivery, placing unprecedented stress on health systems that in many countries are under-resourced and ill-equipped. As the pandemic has upended daily life, Alive & Thrive has worked with government and other partners to design effective responses, providing technical assistance regarding breastfeeding and the maintenance of essential…

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Review shows differences in breastfeeding guidance as pandemic unfolded

During outbreaks of contagious illnesses, the fear that infected mothers will transmit the disease to their newborns often becomes a concern. Initially, public health experts advised that COVID-19-infected mothers be separated from their nursing infants. Research to date shows that mothers with COVID-19 do not pass it to their infants through breastmilk. An Alive &…

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2020 World Breastfeeding Week activities

Every year, World Breastfeeding Week features thousands of activities worldwide to promote the importance of breastfeeding. A&T supports activities in every country we work in and at the global level as well. See the World Breastfeeding Week Pledge Map for activities near you! Use the pledge form to add your activities. Let’s make #2020WBW trend…

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Tanoto Foundation and Alive & Thrive collaborate to support Indonesian government’s stunting reduction strategy

The Tanoto Foundation and Alive & Thrive will continue their cooperation in support of the Government of Indonesia’s national stunting reduction strategy by supporting the implementation of a social and behavior change communication (SBCC) strategy, the organizations announced in July. “We are very pleased to be able to continue this collaboration as part of our…

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Celebrating World Day of Human Milk Donation

Alive & Thrive is pleased to join partners around the world to celebrate World Day of Human Milk Donation. The photo mosaic featured in the video below is a tribute to human milk donors and professionals working together across the world to promote human milk donation. Globally, an estimated 15 million babies are born prematurely…

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Workplace lactation support toolkit approved in Myanmar to create breastfeeding friendly workplaces

Myanmar’s Ministry of Health and Sports and Ministry of Labor, Immigration, and Population approved and endorsed the Alive & Thrive workplace lactation support toolkit and training package in February. Faced with little or no breastfeeding support in their workplaces, women may leave the workforce, choose not to breastfeed their infants, or use unsafe or unsanitary…

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West African health officials learn about successful “Start Strong/Zero Water” campaign in Nigeria

Representatives of the ministries of health in Burkina Faso, Niger and Senegal met health officials, communication experts, and community authorities during a six-day visit to Nigeria organized and conducted by Alive & Thrive. The exchange visit allowed the delegations to learn more about the “Start Strong/Zero Water” awareness-raising campaign and about conceiving and launching such…

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Research Update: Three new journal articles leverage Alive & Thrive data

Since its inception 10 years ago, Alive & Thrive has published almost 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals. These contributions to global knowledge inform efforts to improve maternal, infant and young child nutrition programs. We are now supplementing our annual research summary (see 2019’s here) with a quarterly review. Secondary analysis of data from Phase 1…

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