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.

Improving Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices through Self-Help Groups in Bihar: The Experience of the Parivartan Initiative

In 2011, Project Concern International, along with partners PATH and the Foundation for Research in Health Systems started a project called Parivartan with an objective of increasing the adoption of health, nutrition, and sanitation behaviors among women of reproductive age in the most marginalized communities of Bihar. As part of this effort, the project focused on >> Read more

Implementing IYCF Counseling Centers in Bihar

Bihar is greatly challenged by a low rate of recommended infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices. Poor breastfeeding practices alone lead to 800,000 child deaths each year in Bihar— almost 12 percent of all child deaths in the state. In response to this situation, in May 2014, UNICEF in partnership with the Anugrah Narayan >> Read more

Building the Capacity of Frontline Workers to Improve IYCF Practices among Marginalized Communities in Odisha

Evidence shows that consistent and systematic interpersonal communication is critical to changing infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices. Using this evidence, UNICEF designed videos to enhance the capacity of frontline workers to provide correct information and appropriate counseling on IYCF. UNICEF implemented this intervention in three districts in Odisha with a large population of >> Read more

Panchayat-Led Nutrition and Daycare Centres—The Fulwari Scheme of Chhattisgarh

Chhattisgarh has a statewide program using community health workers called mitanins. The National Rural Health Mission organizes the payment of small stipends to the mitanins through the panchayats and recognizes them as accredited social health activists. The mitanins enjoy a high level of credibility with local communities through their leadership of Village Health, Sanitation and >> Read more

Collaboration of Integrated Child Development Services with Self-Help Groups to Decentralize the Supply of Supplementary Feeding at Anganwadi Centers

The Integrated Child Development Services program provides supplementary food to millions of women and young children in India for approximately 300 days a year at its anganwadi centers (AWCs). This Implementation Note summarizes the experience and lessons learned in involving women’s self-help groups in procuring, processing, and supplying commodities and processed foods for supplementary feeding >> Read more

Toward Improved Nutrition: The Atal Bal Arogya Evam Poshan Mission

Half of the children in Madhya Pradesh under age 5 are stunted and 35 percent are wasted. In an effort to address this situation, in late 2010, the Government of Madhya Pradesh launched the Atal Bal Aarogya Evam Poshan Mission (referred to as Atal Bal Mission) to bring about a systematic reduction in child malnutrition. >> Read more

A Multisectoral Initiative to Address Nutrition among Children in Remote, Conflict-Affected Zones of Odisha

One of the challenges to address stunting in Odisha is the lack of trained frontline workers to assess and refer affected children to appropriate health services for care and treatment. To create a substantial dent in this problem, a multisectoral partnership was initiated in September 2012 among the Department of Women and Child Development, the >> Read more