May 25, 2021 | Introducing innovative IYCF tools for health and nutrition workers
The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented global emergency affecting almost every country in the world with millions of cases and deaths. Research findings show that there have been disruptions and reductions in key maternal and child health services in many countries due to COVID-19.
Funded by USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, Save the Children and partners have developed new tools focused on innovative solutions to support health and nutrition workers providing lifesaving services and support to caregivers during a time requiring social distancing, reduced contact, and other service adaptations.
In this one hour webinar, the following innovations were presented:
- An interactive digital platform providing access to the most up-to-date and relevant resources in Infant and Young Child Nutrition in Emergencies
- A set of micro-learning videos for frontline staff; and
- A set of globally-endorsed guidelines on the provision of e-Counseling, the facilitation of group support, and home visits during COVID-19.
Practitioners from Save the Children and partners shared their experiences and challenges protecting and supporting caregivers and their children during the COVID-19 pandemic, and their insights on these innovative and game-changing tools.
Participants shared their thoughts, questions, and considerations around the new tools.
- Save the Children’s global technical team
- Infant Feeding in Emergency (IFE) Core Group
- Frontline health and nutrition practitioners from Save the Children country programs
Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies Hub (“IYCFEHub”), https://iycfehub.org/: This growing collection (460 resources at this writing) presents resources related to IYCF, filterable by audience, topic, user challenge, country, and many other facets. The repository is curated by Save the Children, IFE Core Group, ENN, USAID, ACF USA, PATH, and SafelyFed Canada (2021).
Guidelines (housed on IYCFEHub)
- Home Visits: Practical Guidelines for Conducting Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) Home Visits in the Context of COVID-19.
- Support Group Sessions: Practical Guidelines for Conducting Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) Support Group Sessions in the Context of COVID-19.
- E-Counseling: Practical Guidelines For Conducting Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) E-Counseling with Considerations for Planning and Implementation
Videos (housed on Save the Children’s Resource Centre)
These two videos are both approx. 5 minutes long, and are available in English, Arabic, French, and Spanish.
- Key Messages to Strengthen IYCF: Key messages to help strengthen infant and young child feeding during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Counseling Tips: Counseling Tips for Supporting Pregnant Women and Mothers and Caregivers of Young Children in IYCF during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The Guidelines and Videos above were produced by Save the Children, IFE Core Group, ENN, USAID, ACF USA, PATH, and SafelyFed Canada (2021).
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