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Infant and young child feeding in emergencies : operational guidance for emergency relief staff and programme managers

IFE Core Group
February 2007

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This document aims to provide concise, practical (but non-technical) guidance on how to ensure appropriate infant and young child feeding in emergencies. A number of elements are also applicable in non-emergency settings. It is intended for emergency relief staff, programme managers, national governments, United Nations agencies, NGOs and donors, and it applies to all countries. It includes six sections of practical steps, references, key contacts and definitions. Members of the IFE Core Group are: UNICEF, WHO, UNHCR, WFP, IFBAN-GIFA, CARE USA, Fondation Terre des hommes and Emergency Nutrition Network. It is also available in Arabic, Bahasa Indonesian, French, Portuguese and Spanish

Ndola demonstration project : a midterm analysis of lessons learned

November 2002

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This report summarises baseline and midterm findings of an intervention pilot study conducted in Ndola District, Zambia. The aim of the research was to investigate how integrating services for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMCT) of HIV into low-resource maternal and child health (MCH) and antenatal care (ANC) settings influences women’s ability to make and implement informed decisions about HIV. The intervention strengthened routine services and introduced HIV voluntary counselling and testing and PMCT counselling and services into the MCH/ANC setting. Exclusive breast feeding was promoted for all mothers with infants below 6 months old

Fiji food and nutrition newsletter

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Covers nutrition issues relevant to Fiji, including research, promotion of healthy diets and lifestyles, gardening tips, seasonal foods, the Food Balance Sheet, and updates on projects of the National Food and Nutrition Centre

Baby milk action update

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Features articles and information which relate to infant feeding, in particular to legislation around this issue. Baby Milk Action is a campaigning organisation
One or two a year
Free online

Mothercare matters

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Focuses on maternal and neonatal health, nutrition and several other aspects affecting women's reproductive health in developing countries. The newsletter reviews key articles in current literature and discusses successful approaches to maternal and child health. This publication is no longer produced, but some back issues are available online

e-WABALink (formerly: WABA link)

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Campaigns around alternatives to infant formula, which it claims have not been promoted and studied in nearly the same detail as infant formula, particularly in relation to the WHO/UNAIDS/UNICEF policy on HIV and infant formula. WABA advocates the generic labelling of tins only where formula is used systematically, and also suggests the need for more input from health workers on the ground, as they are in a position to propose appropriate remedies
Twice a year

Child health dialogue|(incorporating Dialogue on diarrhoea & ARI news)

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Child Health Dialogue offers clear, practical advice on preventing and treating the main childhood illnesses. In addition to information on clinical management, the newsletter addresses issues which affect health workers' and families' abilities to care for children, such as communication skills, organisation of health centres and hospitals, health education and training. Regular features include: guidelines for diagnosis and treatment; training tips; information on rational drug use; research updates; feedback from the field. Aimed at health and community workers at district level and below, a secondary audience includes health managers, policy makers and academics.
Regional language editions are produced in collaboration with partner organisations in developing countries as follows:
(English for India) CMAI, Plot 2, A-3 Local Shopping Centre, Janakpuri, New Delhi 110 058, India. E-mail: Website:
(Tamil) RUHSA, CMC, PO 632 209 North Arcot Ambedkar District, Tamil Nadu, India
(Gujarati and Hindi) CHETNA, Lilavatiben Lalbhai's Bungalow, Civil Camp Road, Shahibaug, Ahmedabad 380 004, India. E-mail:
(Bangla) CINI, PO Box 16742, Calcutta 700 027, India
(Chinese) Institute of Medical Information, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, 3 Yabao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100020, China
(Spanish) AIS Bolivia, PO Box 568, La Paz, Bolivia. E-mail:
(Portuguese) Consultants at the Faculty of Medicine, Eduardo Mondlane University, CP 257, Maputo, Mozambique. E-mail:
Four times a year

Breastfeeding abstracts

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Composed of a lead article written by a health professional followed by a brief description of current research articles that have recently been published on the subject of breastmilk or breastfeeding
Four times a year
Free online

Breastfeeding briefs

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Aimed at all health and community workers, Breastfeeding Briefs contains abstracts of current scientific literature on breastfeeding and short editorials on recent concerns of breastfeeding advocates. It is written simply, giving community health workers and breastfeeding advocates factual information to counter promotional material produced by the baby food industry
Twice a year
Free (developing countries)
Free online


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