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Alive & Thrive conducted formative research to better understand the nutrition practices in Bihar. We learned that mothers are willing and able to eat more meals and more locally available food groups during pregnancy. Read our formative research brief to learn about other findings.

Alive & Thrive conducted formative research to better understand the nutrition practices in Uttar Pradesh. We found that mothers can and will improve behaviors related to infant and young children nutrition when provided with social support and timely counseling. Read our formative research brief to learn about other findings.

Edward A Frongillo4, Phuong H Nguyen, Kuntal K Saha, Tina Sanghvi, Kaosar Afsana, Raisul Haque, Jean Baker, Marie T Ruel, Rahul Rawat, and Purnima Menon. Large-Scale Behavior-Change Initiative for Infant and Young Child Feeding Advanced Language and Motor Development in a Cluster-Randomized Program Evaluation in BangladeshJournal of Nutrition. December 28, 2016.

Tuan T. Nguyen, Silvia Alayón, Ann Jimerson, Danielle Naugle, Phuong H. Nguyen, Nemat Hajeebhoy,, Jean Baker, , Carol Baume, and Edward A. Frongillo. The Association of a Large-Scale Television Campaign With Exclusive Breastfeeding Prevalence in Vietnam. American Journal of Public Health. February 2017.

 

Strategic and well-coordinated advocacy is essential to improve nutrition at scale. Recent efforts in countries throughout Southeast Asia have generated regional momentum and resulted in stronger nutrition policies and programs. This advocacy guide shares the approach and lessons learned from these efforts, and practical tools referenced throughout the guide are provided below.

Planning your advocacy strategy

Establishing Partnerships

Developing the Evidence Base

Messages and Materials

Building Consensus

Sunny S. Kim, Rahul Rawat, Edina M. Mwangi, Roman Tesfaye, Yewelsew Abebe, Jean Baker, Edward A. Frongillo, Marie T. Ruel, Purnima Menon. Exposure to Large-Scale Social and Behavior Change Communication Interventions Is Associated with Improvements in Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices in Ethiopia. PLoS One. October 18, 2016.

Purnima Menon, Phuong Hong Nguyen, Kuntal Kumar Saha, Adiba Khaled, Andrew Kennedy, Lan Mai Tran, Tina Sanghvi, Nemat Hajeebhoy, Jean Baker, Silvia Alayon, Kaosar Afsana, Raisul Haque, Edward A. Frongillo, Marie T. Ruel, Rahul Rawat. Impacts on Breastfeeding Practices of At-Scale Strategies That Combine Intensive Interpersonal Counseling, Mass Media, and Community Mobilization: Results of Cluster-Randomized Program Evaluations in Bangladesh and Viet NamPLoS Medicine. October 25, 2016.

 

Purnima Menon, Phuong Hong Nguyen, Kuntal Kumar Saha, Adiba Khaled, Tina Sanghvi, Jean Baker, Kaosar Afsana, Raisul Haque, Edward A Frongillo, Marie T Ruel, and Rahul Rawat. Combining Intensive Counseling by Frontline Workers with a Nationwide Mass Media Campaign Has Large Differential Impacts on Complementary Feeding Practices but Not on Child Growth: Results of a Cluster-Randomized Program Evaluation in Bangladesh. The Journal of Nutrition. August 31, 2016. doi: 10.3945/jn.116.232314

With financial and technical support from Alive & Thrive and PATH, the Da Nang Department of Health is launching Viet Nam’s first human milk bank at the Da Nang Hospital for Women and Children. This milk bank will improve access to donor human breastmilk for 3,000 – 4,000 at-risk infants annually, and will hopefully lead to the development of national human milk bank guidelines and a network of human milk banks throughout the country.

Read the brief to learn more about this groundbreaking facility.

 

Tran Huu Bich. Changes in knowledge, attitude and involvement of fathers in supporting exclusive breastfeeding: A community-based intervention study in a rural area of Viet Nam International Journal of Public Health.
International Journal of Public Health. September 2016. doi:10.1007/s00038-016-0882-0