This report presents findings from the operations research (OR) study which was conducted to strengthen the Infant and Young Child Feeding (ITCF) programme, in northern Nigeria .The work was a collaborative project between the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Food Basket Foundation International and Oxford Policy Management.
The prevention of under-nutrition via the IYCF programme is one of four outputs of the DFID-funded programme “Working to Improve Nutrition in Northern Nigeria” (WINNN). This output aims to prevent under-nutrition by promoting evidence-based IYCF feeding recommendations, including exclusive breastfeeding until an infant is 6 months of age, feeding a diverse diet of nutritious foods and breastmilk from 6-23 months of age, feeding a sick child and good hand-washing practices. WINNN is implemented by UNICEF, Action Against Hunger (ACF) and Save the Children International (SCI), in partnership with five state governments. The IYCF programme includes:
(1) Facility-based IYCF counselling for pregnant women and mothers with an infant less than 2 years of age, facilitated by health workers (HWs);
(2) Community-based IYCF counselling for pregnant women and mothers with an infant less than 2 years of age, facilitated by community volunteers (CVs);
(3) Community-based meetings with fathers of infants less than 2 years of age and grandmothers, facilitated by CVs.
Adeyemi, O.; Afolabi, W.A.; Ferguson, E.; Hoyt, J.; Lawal, H.; Okunola, R.A.; Webster, J.; Yohanna-Dzingina, C. Assignment Report: How to strengthen the Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) programme in Northern Nigeria. ORIE, Abuja, Nigeria (2015) 93 pp.