New IYCN materials
Welcome to the eleventh and final issue of the IYCN Update, a newsletter from USAID’s Infant & Young Child Nutrition (IYCN) Project.
A message from the project director
The IYCN Project has now completed activities in most of our countries and we will officially close on March 19, 2012. Over the past year, we have been enthusiastically documenting and sharing our experiences from five years of global maternal, infant, and young child nutrition programming. Highlights are included in this newsletter:
- A recently enhanced website, which will continue to offer a wealth of information and resources for several years.
- A roundup of our 2011 event series.
- Two publication series documenting our experiences and approaches.
- An array of new materials, including a breastfeeding literature review plus a Q&A with the author.
Many thanks to our newsletter subscribers—more than 3,000 of you in 130 countries—for your valuable comments, questions, and contributions over the past several years. I have enjoyed engaging with many of you by email and face to face, and I am immensely grateful for your support. I hope our experience and tools will continue to assist you in your efforts to prevent malnutrition during the critical first 1,000 days.
I would also like to thank our communications team, Christine Demmelmaier and Jay Ward, for their outstanding work on this newsletter and our new website.
Although this is our concluding newsletter, we are not saying our goodbyes just yet. Please look for another message to announce the arrival of our final report.
Project Director, IYCN Project
IYCN Project news
Enhanced website offers a wealth of information and resources
IYCN recently launched an enhanced website to offer improved access to our project accomplishments and lessons learned, in addition to hundreds of resources. The website offers up-to-date information on the 16 countries where we worked, an improved resources database, and a collection of IYCN’s publication series (see links on the right). We will post final summaries of our legacy and accomplishments soon. Although it will no longer be updated after March 2012, the website will remain available for several years.
Series of events to mark progress and look ahead
Over the past year, IYCN has hosted more than a dozen events—including a series of meetings in Washington, DC, and end-of-project gatherings in seven countries—to celebrate accomplishments, share experiences and resources, and discuss future directions for nutrition programming.
Documenting our experiences
We are pleased to share several new reports as part of our collection of country briefs launched last year. The collection offers a summary of IYCN’s experiences and accomplishments in each country where we worked.
Sharing our approaches
We have also completed our series of four brief documents examining our approaches in selected countries. New publications include:
- Mobilizing social workers to prevent malnutrition in Côte d’Ivoire.
- Promoting breastfeeding as an option for HIV-positive mothers in Haiti.
Featured resource: Review of breastfeeding literature
Our latest literature review examines evidence on community interventions to promote optimal breastfeeding. We are grateful to our colleague Dr. Miriam Labbok, Director of the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, for expertly composing this publication. Dr. Labbok shared her thoughts on the findings of the review in a recent Q&A.
More new IYCN resources
- Counseling card: Risks of Infant Feeding Options for HIV-positive Mothers
- Helping an HIV-positive breastfeeding mother decide how to feed her child at 12 months: A checklist for health care providers
- Technical brief: Maternal dietary diversity and the implications for children’s diets in the context of food security
- Focusing on Improving Complementary Feeding in Ethiopia: Trials of Improved Practices in an Urban Area
- Integration of nutrition education into the Ethiopia Urban Gardens Program: Results of recipe trials and focus group discussions
- Ethiopia Urban Gardens Program—2011 Baseline Data: Summary and Analysis of Responses to Nutrition Questions
- Opportunities to Improve Nutrition through Urban Gardens Program Activities in Ethiopia: Summary Report of Current Practices from Qualitative and Quantitative Research Studies
- Review of Existing Nutrition-Related Policies, Materials, and Institutions
- Literature Review on Maternal, Infant, and Young Child Nutrition prepared for the Message and Materials Development Workshop
Ethiopia training materials and tools
- Mother-to-Mother Support Groups: Trainer’s Manual and Facilitator’s Manual with Discussion Guide
- Ethiopia Training of Trainers Manual for Counseling on Maternal, Infant, and Young Child Nutrition
- Nutrition Education Training for Agriculture Extension Officers: Training Sessions and Trainer Resources
- Maternal, infant, and young child nutrition counseling cards
- Urban Gardens Program Group Nutrition Education Discussion Cards
- Complementary feeding leaflet and poster
- Three food groups poster
- Ghana Promotion of Complementary Feeding Practices Project: Baseline Survey Report
- Building up the Blood: Barrier Analysis on a Maternal Iron-Folic Acid Supplementation Program in Madagascar
Photos: PATH/Mike Wang; PATH/Evelyn Hockstein; PATH/Evelyn Hockstein
Date: Mar 9, 2012 | Category: Newsletters