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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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Advocacy to increase investment in maternal nutrition reaches high-level stakeholders and journalists in Ethiopia

The president of Ethiopia delivered a keynote address at one of several safe motherhood events across Ethiopia where A&T promoted maternal nutrition and advocated to high-level decision makers on the significant benefits of investing in nutrition. The events included a workshop for journalists that led to radio, TV and newspaper reports on the importance of…

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E-learning course provides global access to valuable nutrition information

Nader Aboulebdeh learned about “Investing in Child Nutrition,” the e-learning course that Alive & Thrive developed with a variety of partners, from his supervisor at Action Against Hunger, the global humanitarian organization. “It was quite perfect, to be honest,” said Nader, now a nutrition officer with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Syria. After…

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New Alive & Thrive technical brief examines the role nutrition plays in predicting and preventing maternal depression

Research continues to shed light on the role nutrition plays in maternal depression. A new Alive & Thrive technical brief, prepared by Dr. Pamela Surkan and Farah Behbehani, presents what we know about the role of nutrition in predicting and preventing maternal depression. Understanding the role is critical: Maternal depression is associated with increased maternal…

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2019: A Year in Research

The 2010’s are over – but data-driven innovations from the last decade will continue to drive improvements in MIYCN for healthier families, communities, and nations. In 2019, A&T continued support research in a variety of areas. “The rigorous research that A&T supports fills data gaps and documents improvements in maternal, child, and infant nutrition (MIYCN)…

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Lack of dietary diversity in Ethiopia is tied to limited access to a variety of foods and affordability, new research finds

Many Ethiopians have little variety in their diets because foods such as meats and poultry and some fruits and vegetables are unavailable or too expensive, according to new research. Researchers looked at consumption, production, availability, and affordability in six regions of Ethiopia, to understand how well the regions’ food systems—from farm inputs to food distribution…

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Stronger with Breastmilk Only campaign aims to save lives, reduce child malnutrition in West and Central Africa

Seven out of every 10 babies in West and Central Africa receive liquids and foods in addition to breastmilk during their first six months of life, contributing to child malnutrition, illnesses and even death. The Stronger With Breastmilk Only multi-year campaign launched today by UNICEF and the Alive & Thrive initiative calls on Governments, partners,…

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