Duration: Phase 1: May 2009 to November 2014 | Phase 2: September 2014 to mid 2017
From 2009 to November 2014, Alive & Thrive implemented a comprehensive program in Bangladesh to improve breastfeeding and complementary feeding practices and to reduce stunting and young child anemia. Read about the program approach and results in phase 1. In phase 2, Alive & Thrive is undertaking a feasibility study of the integration of maternal nutrition in maternal, neonatal, and child health (MNCH) programs. Read about phase 2 program activities.
May 2009 to November 2014
The comprehensive program was built on partnerships with the Institute of Public Health Nutrition and other government agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), UNICEF, bilateral donors, journalists, medical associations, and a national infant and young child feeding (IYCF) alliance of 25 partners. BRAC implemented community-based interventions in Alive & Thrive program areas.
Sept. 2014 to Sept. 2016
Inadequate maternal nutrition is likely to undermine the potential impact of IYCF improvements made in Alive & Thrive’s first phase because it is linked to poor fetal growth leading to small for gestational age and preterm newborns. These babies do not respond to growth promoting feeding practices as well as normal newborns do. In this second phase of program activities, Alive & Thrive is working with BRAC to integrate an intensified package of nutrition interventions in BRAC’s Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health Program (MNCH).