New Set of Implementation Notes on Improving Complementary Feeding in India

Source: UNICEF

Source: UNICEF

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 a set of new Implementation Notes on the POSHAN website.

The use of mid media and behavior change communication messages by frontline workers to educate rural women about improved feeding is the focus of two of the notes:

The creation of community-managed centers and programs to help mothers achieve optimal feeding practices coupled with efforts to change nutrition behaviors are the main focus of three of the notes:

Strengthening public and private health centers to offer counseling for pregnant and lactating mothers on complementary feeding practices is the focus of two of the notes:

Two of the notes show how existing self-help groups can be harnessed to support women to improve feeding practices:

All of the experiences show promising approaches to improving feeding practices, yet point to the need for more rigorous evaluation to better understand what are the most cost-effective options for improving nutrition among the wide range of diverse communities in India.