Location: Amman, Jordan
Middle East Region
April 30 – May 4, 2017
Background: Supporting and protecting Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (IYCF-E) is critical for child survival. Exclusive breastfeeding is the single most effective intervention for saving lives. Paired with optimal complementary feeding, up to 26% of child deaths can be averted. In emergencies, children under two years of age face significant risks. For example, total infant mortality rate for infants under 1 year has been found to be 12-53% higher in emergencies than non-emergency periods. In these contexts, optimal IYCF saves even more lives.
Although breastfeeding is common in the Middle East, various national household surveys have found that, on average, only 35% of children in this region are exclusively breastfed through the first six months of life; early initiation of breastfeeding and continued breastfeeding at two years are also low at 45% and 33% respectively. Crises across the region have likely worsened these practices, increasing the already high risks facing the children less than two years of age. Recognizing this, IYCF-E has been recognized as a core part of the minimum package for emergency responses in the region – multiple stakeholders are needed to implement quality IYCF-E responses to save lives.
Objectives: This training serves to equip participants with the relevant skills, knowledge and understanding to establish and implement programs for IYCF-E which are consistent with agreed sector-wide approaches and standards.
Attendees: Program Managers, Nutrition Managers, Nutrition Coordinators and Nutrition Advisors who design and implement IYCF-E programs and services, particularly for internally displaced persons, including NGO, UN, donors and government partners including the Ministry of Health.
- What is IYCF-E? Technical sessions on theory and practice.
- How to plan and implement IYCF-E responses
- Introduction to and use of operational tools
- Planning for preparedness and scale up
NB: The training will be conducted in English
How to apply: Please return the Application Form fully completed by the participant and their supervisor to Save the Children at SCIYCFETraining@savechildren.org by March 23rd, 2017. Participant selection will be communicated within two weeks.
For further information on logistics and scholarships please download the full Invitation.