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Committed to Nutrition. A Toolkit for Action. Fulfilling UNICEF's Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action, 2017
This Toolkit for Action provides UNICEF staff, and partners with one source of information on recommended nutrition actions for emergency preparedness, response and recovery. The Toolkit for Action provides a range of practical actions, resources and country examples.

Nutrition annual results report, 2016
This report provides an overview of the results achieved in Nutrition based on the first year of UNICEF’s 2014-2017 Strategic Plan. In 2016, UNICEF’s Nutrition Sector continued to be a leader in the scale-up of high-impact nutrition interventions, supporting countries in ensuring the equitable improvement of maternal, infant and child nutrition, with particular focus on the critical 1,000-day window covering a woman’s pregnancy through the first two years of a child’s life.

Levels and trends in child malnutrition – joint malnutrition estimates, 2015
In September 2015, UNICEF, WHO and World Bank Group released updated joint child malnutrition estimates for the 1990 to 2014 period, which represent the most recent global and regional figures after adding 62 new surveys from 57 countries to the joint dataset. This key findings report summarizes the new numbers, main messages and identifies some minor changes in methodology.

Nutrition: The Case for Support, 2015
The Nutrition case for support lays out the global nutrition landscape, provides evidence-based solutions to prevent and reduce various forms of malnutrition and describes UNICEF’s role and approaches. It also highlight lessons learned, risks and mitigating measures and details the resources required to meet results and current funding gaps.

UNICEF Global NutriDash Report, 2014
NutriDash is a portal to nutrition data at the global level. This report provides an overview of data collected on the reach and quality of nutrition programmes during the pilot year.

Improving Child Nutrition: The achievable imperative for global progress, 2013
Stunting traps children in a vicious cycle of poverty and undernutrition. Yet, key interventions when delivered during a critical 1,000-day window – during the mother’s pregnancy and before a child turns 2 ‒ can lead to a reduced prevalence of stunting. This report showcases new developments in nutrition programmes and analyses progress towards reducing undernutrition. It also includes case studies from countries where nutrition has been improved at scale.

Breastfeeding and Complementary Feeding 

Improving Young Children’s Diets During the Complementary Feeding Period - UNICEF Programming Guidance, 2020

This Programming Guidance supports global efforts to improve the diets of children aged 6–23 months in all contexts. It is intended for use by UNICEF staff in programmes such as nutrition, health, early childhood development, water, sanitation and hygiene and social policy – in regional, country and field offices – to support the work of governments and partner organizations.

Boosting Breastfeeding. Bringing postnatal care to the doorstep in Gaza, State of Palestine, 2020

Personalized postnatal care is helping mothers and babies in Gaza start their breastfeeding relationship out right. Since 2011, UNICEF has been providing breastfeeding support, counselling and health services to new mothers in their own homes in the face of a complex humanitarian crisis. Gaza’s experience of integrating high-quality counselling and support for infant and young child nutrition within the health system offers important lessons for other countries.

Advocacy Brief: Breastfeeding and HIV
Key messaging on how mothers living with HIV can breastfeed without negative consequences for their own health and the health of their children.

Advocacy Brief: Breastfeeding in Emergencies
The Global Breastfeeding Collective advocacy brief on breastfeeding in emergency situations provides context, key messages and facts about life saving protection of breastfeeding during emergencies

Global Breastfeeding Collective Call to Action
The Global Breastfeeding Collective calls on implementers and donors from governments, philanthropies, international organizations, and civil society to prioritize and adopt 7 key policy actions to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

Community Infant and Young Child Feeding Counselling Package and Digital Image Bank
UNICEF and partners developed a Community Infant and Young Child Feeding (C-IYCF) Counselling Package in 2010, with high quality graphic illustrations for low-literacy contexts. The English and French versions of this package are available on UNICEF's website.

Over the past several years, this package has been adapted for use in a large number of countries and cultural settings. To facilitate the future use of high-quality, adaptable images in IYCF and other nutrition and social and behavior change programmes, UNICEF collaborated with SPRING to establish an IYCF Digital Image Bank. This is a digital repository of images on topics related to IYCF/nutrition, hygiene, and health. The IYCF Digital Image Bank contains over 100 editable images from the generic UNICEF C-IYCF Counselling Package, and more than 600 additional images, including adaptations created for other countries and contexts.

Country experiences with the Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative: Compendium of case studies from around the world
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) in 2016, UNICEF and WHO collected 13 country case studies about the BFHI, which document the country adaptations in implementation, achievements, challenges and lessons learned and recommendations for the global BFHI guidance. These country experiences are brought together in a Compendium of case studies report.

Advocacy Brief: Breastfeeding and the Code
The advocacy brief on the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes explains how implementation of the Code promotes informed feeding choices for mothers and families.

Advocacy Brief: Breastfeeding and Early Childhood Development
The advocacy brief provides key messages and facts highlighting the strong links between breastfeeding and early childhood development. It also contains a call to action by both the nutrition and ECD communities to advance a shared agenda to give children the healthiest start in life.

Advocacy Brief: Breastfeeding and Gender Equality

From the First Hour of Life: Making the case for improved infant and young child feeding everywhere
A new global report from UNICEF, From the First Hour of Life: Making the case for improved infant and young child feeding everywhere, provides a global status update on infant and young child feeding practices and puts forth recommendations for improving them. The report is divided into two parts: Part I focuses on breastfeeding and Part II looks at complementary feeding practices. Each part reviews the most recent evidence on infant and young child feeding practices and provides updated global and regional estimates and trends, where available, as well as disaggregated analyses.

Breastfeeding on the worldwide agenda: Findings from a landscape analysis on political commitment for programmes to protect, promote and support breastfeeding
This report discusses key findings of a landscape analysis conducted to assess the political commitment and priority for breastfeeding interventions globally and in selected countries.


Guidance on the Monitoring of Salt Iodization Programmes and Determination of Population Iodine Status
Iodine deficiency is a common cause of preventable mental impairment worldwide. Over the last two decades, there has been remarkable progress towards eliminating iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) by increasing access to iodized salt. As the programming environment on IDD control and salt iodization changes, so do related monitoring needs. This UNICEF Program Guidance addresses common monitoring challenges to help managers improve the effectiveness of national salt iodization programs.

Brighter Futures: Protecting early brain development through salt iodization
This new report on the UNICEF-GAIN partnership to control iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) documents 13 case studies - from Bangladesh to Ukraine - revealing successes and lessons learned in the design and implementation of salt iodization programmes.

Home Fortification with Micronutrient Powders
The home fortification of complementary foods with micronutrient powders is an effective strategy to improve the quality of diets consumed by children and to treat and prevent anemia and other micronutrient deficiencies. This report compiled by the Home Fortification Technical Advisory Group and its partners summarizes program achievements to date and identifies future programmatic and research needs.

Programmatic Guidance Brief on Use of Micronutrient Powders (MNP) for Home Fortification
The home fortification of complementary foods with micronutrient powders is recommended where complementary foods do not provide enough essential nutrients. This guidance brief developed by the Home Fortification Technical Advisory Group provides programmatic guidance on how micronutrient powders can fill nutrient gaps of vulnerable groups, especially infants and young children.

Vitamin A Supplementation - A Statistical Snapshot, 2016
High-dose vitamin A supplementation programs improve child survival in settings where under-5 mortality and vitamin A deficiency rates are high. This report details the current status of such programs globally and calls for continued investments to support this highly cost-effective intervention.

Severe Acute Malnutrition

UNICEF Management of Severe Acute Malnutrition Programme Guide, 2015
This document provides practical guidance for establishing and continuing scale up of the community-based management of severe acute malnutrition at country level.

HIV and Nutrition

WHO and UNICEF HIV and Infant Feeding Guidelines, 2016
This document provides guidance on appropriate infant feeding practices and use of ARV drugs for mothers living with HIV to improve the HIV-free survival of HIV-exposed infants

Programming guide on infant and young child feeding, 2012
This document contains detailed programme guidance on breastfeeding, complementary feeding, and infant feeding in the context of HIV and emergencies. It may be used by a broad range of partners involved in IYCF programming.



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