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COVID-19 and the new normal for MIYCN practice

At a recent virtual meeting of stakeholders in Southeast Asia discussing a new agenda for maternal, infant and young child nutrition, the moderator came prepared: She segued between topics with quotes about change. “We’ve been challenged to do things differently and this workshop is no different,” said Jane Badham, the moderator and a nutritionist who…

Studies continue despite pandemic and some are modified to examine its impacts

For Alive & Thrive’s portfolio of implementation research activities, the pandemic has required adjustments. But it has also allowed researchers to adapt studies to investigate the impacts of the disease. A summary of implementation research studies indicates delays due to COVID-19, which were inevitable as lockdowns prevented research activities and the program activities that were…

Exclusive breastfeeding in West Africa: Series focuses on the realities for mothers, infants and communities in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Nigeria and Senegal

A series of articles published in Le Monde Afrique highlights the importance of exclusive breastfeeding across West Africa and discusses the obstacles to achieving the target of 50% exclusive breastfeeding by 2025. Lack of information for Burkinabé mothers, difficulties in combining work and full breastfeeding in Dakar, fear of seeing their breasts sag for some…

Laos adopts landmark decree to protect mothers and children against marketing of breastmilk substitutes

Laos has adopted its first legal measure to regulate the marketing of breastmilk substitutes (BMS), joining many ASEAN countries by doing so. The decree, “On Food Products and Feeding Equipment for Infants and Toddlers,” was signed by the Prime Minister, a result of years of advocacy and technical assistance from partners including A&T. Together with…

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…

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…