MIYCN Satellite Session at the Second International Meeting of the Micronutrient Forum

Beijing, China

May 11, 2009, 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Scaling Up Maternal, Infant, and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN) Programming

More than 85 people participated in Scaling Up Maternal, Infant, and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN) Programming, a satellite session at the Micronutrient Forum in Beijing, China, on May 11, 2009. The meeting, sponsored by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN); the University of California, Davis; the United States Agency for International Development (USAID); and the Infant & Young Child Nutrition Project, led by PATH, brought together a wide range of conference participants and members of the MIYCN Network, a group of individuals working toward integrated programming for MIYCN. 

The MIYCN Satellite Session emphasized the importance of an integrated approach for addressing nutritional needs during the important life cycle window from preconception through two years of age. Speakers representing government, nongovernmental organizations, universities, and the private sector shared successful approaches to identify and address the problem of malnutrition through the life cycle. Presenters discussed a wide variety of integrated solutions that have achieved results in Thailand, Bangladesh, Honduras, Malawi, and other countries. 


Mr. Dominic Schofield, Manager of the Infant and Young Child Nutrition Program at GAIN; Opening remarks: The Importance of MIYCN Programming

Dr. Kathryn Franko of the Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland; Keynote speech: Scientific Evidence for the Outcome Synergies from Integrating Programming in Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition

Dr. Pattanee Winichagoon, Associate Professor at the Institute of Nutrition at Mahidol University in Thailand: Thailand community-based program in maternal and child nutrition

Panel discussion: Best Practices and Barriers for Integrated MIYCN Programming in Bangladesh, Honduras, and Malawi

Panel presentations by:

  • Dr. Mary Shawa, Permanent Secretary for Nutrition and HIV/AIDS, Office of the President and Cabinet, Malawi (Presented by Ms. Maureen Mazuga-Tembo, Chief, Nutrition Programmes Office [Community Nutrition], Office of the President and Cabinet): The Essential Nutrition Actions (ENA) Approach: The Way to Improved Women and Child Nutrition

Dr. Kathryn Dewey, professor at the University of California, Davis: MIYCN Network discussion

Dr. Frances Davidson, USAID Health Science Specialist; Closing remarks: Accelerating At-Scale MIYCN Programming: What Have We Learned and What Do We Need To Do Now?

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