ProPAN: Tool for Complementary Feeding Programming

Lessons learned from five countries in Eastern and Southern Africa

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ProPAN is a set of research tools designed for ministries of health (MoHs), nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and bilateral and international organizations working to improve the diets and feeding practices of children under 24 months old to prevent early childhood malnutrition.

ProPAN guides users through a step-by-step process for identifying problems related to young child nutrition, breastfeeding, and complementary feeding within a specific target population; defining the context in which these problems occur, including barriers to and facilitators of improved or “ideal” practices; formulating, testing, and selecting behaviour-change recommendations and nutritional recipes; developing the interventions to promote them; and designing a monitoring and evaluation system to measure progress toward intervention goals. 

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