Duration: September 2014 to mid-2017
In Burkina Faso, Alive & Thrive is focusing on optimal breastfeeding practices because of the low rates of exclusive breastfeeding (25 percent) and initiation of breastfeeding within the first hour (42 percent). These low rates contribute to neonatal and infant mortality and have a negative effect on growth and cognitive development.
Interventions will address barriers to improved feeding practices, from the household to the policy sphere. A multi-pronged, data-driven approach will involve the health system, the community, and mass media in line with A&T’s framework for implementing IYCF programs at scale.