Implementation Notes summarize experiences related to how specific interventions or programs are delivered. They are intended to share information on innovations in delivery and are not research products.  The latest set of Implementation Notes documents nine examples of program initiatives that have attempted to improve the quality of young children’s diets in India.

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

Improving Complementary Feeding through Community-Based Management of Malnutrition in Rural India

In 2012, the Action Against Malnutrition project was created to attempt to effectively manage child malnutrition at the community level in seven blocks of in Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, and Odisha. The project promotes a community-led comprehensive model that includes crèches and participatory learning and action to ensure proper child feeding, safety, care, and growth monitoring >> Read more

Complementary Feeding in Community-Based Rehabilitation Centers in Madhya Pradesh

In Madhya Pradesh, poor child-feeding practices are associated with growth faltering. The most recent data show that 74 percent of zero- to five-month olds are exclusively breastfed, but only 48 percent of six- to eight-month-olds receive complementary foods. In March 2014, to address the community-based rehabilitation of severely underweight children, the Integrated Child Development Services >> Read more