Advocacy for improved infant and young child feeding involves a process of educating and motivating influential audiences—like policymakers and program managers—to take actions to create a supportive environment for optimal feeding practices. The exact need, goal, or policy action is shaped by the country-specific barriers, political system, and social context.
Alive & Thrive follows a systematic, iterative advocacy process.
Alive & Thrive’s advocacy efforts have contributed to changes in policy, priorities, and resources.
Alive & Thrive seized opportunities to improve policies and protocols when governments or institutions were planning revisions to the labor code in Viet Nam, the medical and nursing curricula in Bangladesh, and the National Nutrition Program in Ethiopia. The Viet Nam team built on policy wins and several years of sustained engagement with policymakers in advocating for inclusion of nutrition counseling and treatment in national health insurance schemes.
Policy change is a lengthy and iterative process. In the three countries, advocacy efforts represented about 15 percent of total program costs with dedicated full-time staff for implementation.