New cost of not breastfeeding tool launched

A new research study and online tool illustrates the dramatic costs – in human lives and to the global economy – due to inadequate breastfeeding: almost 700,000 lives annually and a billion dollars a day. Listen to Dr. Dylan Walters, lead author of the Cost of Not Breastfeeding, in this interview with Voice of America: […]

Hospitals to become Centers of Excellence for Breastfeeding in Viet Nam

The Viet Nam Ministry of Health and A&T co-organized an Implementation Workshop to formalize “Centers of Excellence for Breastfeeding” (CoE) with the participation of directors and staff from 29 hospitals, leaders from Departments of Health (DOH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and Reproductive Health Centers (RHC) in nine provinces. The ministry introduced the designation criteria […]

Philippines institutes its “First 1,000 Days” law

The Philippines promulgated Republic Act 11148 – the “Kalusugan at Nutrisyon ng Mag-Nanay Act” – better known as the “First 1,000 Days” law. The law seeks to institutionalize the convergence and scale-up of programs from different sectors around the critical first 1,000 days of life, spanning from conception to the first two years. The law […]

New e-learning course designed to scale up IYCF knowledge and skills for health workers now available

A new free e-learning course is now available for health workers involved in infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices, Alive & Thrive announced today. Investing in Child Nutrition is a free, publicly available online course designed to provide guidance, skills, and practical information to health workers to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding and complementary […]

Integrating MIYCN into medical college curriculums to address knowledge and practices gaps in India

At nine colleges in two states in India, faculty in medical colleges are learning how to better integrate maternal, infant and young child nutrition (MIYCN) practices into the undergraduate curriculum with Alive & Thrive support. The program is aimed at better equipping students to help pregnant mothers and young children in the future. Emphasizing the […]

Nutrition data profiles guide efforts to scale up MIYCN in three regions of Burkina Faso

Participants at regional MIYCN workshops in three of Burkina Faso’s 13 regions—the Centre Nord, Nord, and Sud Ouest—used nutrition profile data to help health district management teams develop workplans for scaling up MIYCN through RMNCAH platforms. Measures of chronic malnutrition – nationally and by region – were among the data shared at the workshops. Participants […]

New Video: Sharing mother’s milk, sharing love

Breastfeeding is natural but not always easy. A new video produced by Alive & Thrive’s Southeast Asia regional office tells the story of Niem, who lives in Da Nang, Viet Nam, and how her milk is helping other mothers with at-risk babies through the country’s first Human Milk Bank. Read more about Human Milk Banks […]

Nigeria’s Ministry of Health adapts the “Start Strong” branding for national IYCF campaigns

Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health will launch a major mass communication campaign to increase awareness of the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for infants in their first 6 months in May by an array of partners, including Alive & Thrive (A&T). The “Start Strong/Zero Water” campaign focuses on increasing early initiation of breastfeeding (within 1 hour […]