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What are Centers of Excellence for Breastfeeding?

In Vietnam, 94% of births take place in the hospital, but not every facility prioritizes breastfeeding in its early newborn care. This video shows how the Center of Excellence for Breastfeeding approach in Vietnam can help families to employ breastfeeding best practices for improved health and nutrition outcomes.  

WBW2019: Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding

By Karin Lapping First celebrated in 1992 by World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, World Breastfeeding Week is now observed in over 120 countries by UNICEF, WHO and partners too numerous to list including individuals, organizations, and governments. Alive & Thrive is proud to be a part of this important week of action. As this year’s…

Understanding the factors that determine maternal nutrition practices in Uttar Pradesh, India

Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in India, has a high burden of undernutrition. It lags behind national averages in maternal nutrition practices. Despite strong policy and program commitments, many maternal nutrition interventions are not yet reaching majority of women during pregnancy. A recent study by researchers from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI),…

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…