Abstract Digest on Maternal and Child Nutrition Research – Issue 14

This issue of the Abstract Digest features several systematic reviews, a special Maternal and Child Nutrition supplement, several interesting research articles, and reports. Many articles in this issue reiterate the importance of prenatal conditions and maternal nutrition to ensure healthy child growth. Here are some highlights: Knaul and colleagues (2016) in a thoughtful commentary, question the current >> Read more

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IFPRI’s Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division (PHND) – New Delhi aims to hire 2-3 research assistants/research analysts (RA) to work on multiple projects related to nutrition, gender and agriculture! If that wasn’t enough to grab the attention of budding researchers, here’s why a position with IFPRI- PHND is a great opportunity for you: The PHND >> Read more

Abstract Digest on Maternal and Child Nutrition Research – Issue 13

This issue of the Abstract Digest features the 2015 Global Hunger Index (GHI) report, the 2015 Global Nutrition Report, the India Health Report, two special supplements focused on child feeding, and several other interesting articles on nutrition and health. Here are some highlights: Calling for a strengthened focus on nutrition, with special attention to the first 1000 >> Read more

Internal validity and reliability of experience-based household food security scales: Evidence from India

At the household-level, food insecurity refers to the inability of a household to acquire or consume adequate quantity and quality of food as a result of inadequate food supplies or lack of resources. As the severity of food insecurity increases, steps taken to cope with it also become intense (e.g., progressing from consuming a less >> Read more

Estimating the cost of delivering direct nutrition interventions at scale

More than a third of all children under-five in India are still stunted (RSOC 2014), and other forms of undernutrition also remain a challenge. Our previous analyses indicate that two national programs— the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM)— are designed specifically to cover a set of nutrition-specific interventions; >> Read more

New Set of Implementation Notes on Improving Complementary Feeding in India

In May 2015, POSHAN, together with Alive & Thrive requested a call for abstracts on examples of promising programs that have attempted to improve the quality of young children’s diets in India. A panel of expert reviewers chose nine of the submitted abstracts. POSHAN and Alive & Thrive are pleased to launch these today as >> Read more

Using Participatory Learning and Action to Empower Women’s Groups to Improve Feeding Practices in Madhya Pradesh

Since February 2014, the Sanjhi Sehat program has worked in 14 blocks in eight districts of Madhya Pradesh using participatory learning and action (PLA) to promote infant and young children feeding and other health, nutrition, water sanitation, and hygiene practices among pregnant or lactating women, mothers of preschool children, and adolescent girls. Experiential learning from >> Read more

Combating Mixed Messages: Promoting Complementary Feeding in Mumbai’s Slums

The First Thousand Days program in Mumbai’s slums provides one-on-one counseling, courses, and home visits with pregnant and lactating mothers on complementary feeding practices. The objective of this program is to support proper growth and good health during the first 1,000 days of a child’s life, avoiding the common plague of undernutrition and malnutrition. Implementation >> Read more

Strategies for Improving Complementary Feeding Practices in Informal Settlements of Mumbai

The Aahar project promotes community-based management of acute malnutrition across Dharavi, an informal settlement in Mumbai and one of the largest slums in Asia. In the project, community organizers work with Integrated Child Development Services supervisors and anganwadi workers to identify and treat malnutrition in children; make referrals to public healthcare facilities for antenatal and >> Read more

Buniyaad: Foundation for a Healthy Child

The Buniyaad project began in April 2012 as a three-year initiative to improve infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices in selected blocks in Bihar, which included 400,000 pregnant women and mothers of children up to two years of age. The project, focused on improving the knowledge of mothers and caregivers regarding IYCF practices, increasing the >> Read more