UNICEF works to improve infant and young child feeding practices, helping ensure every child has the best possible start in life
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Breastfeeding gives children the best nutritional start in life but there is a decreasing trend in exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months of life across the country. Among the refugee population, chronic malnutrition cases, such as stunting are still prevalent due to lack of knowledge on infant young child feeding practices. Additionally, frontline workers lack sufficient surveillance techniques and capacity to identify severe acute malnutrition cases.
UNICEF supports Ministry of Health’s interventions to continue to raise awareness among health professionals and parents regarding exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months of life, and best practices in complementary feeding in the following period. We also work with MoH and partners in improving Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices (IYCF) practices among the refugee and migrant parents to prevent children from chronic malnutrition.
UNICEF and partners organized a technical workshop to provide humanitarian workers and case managers with basic skills to identify and report on severe malnutrition cases among refugees – focusing on nutritional surveillance techniques and concepts, anthropometrics and key food security indicators.