Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergency Training

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Date: April 30 - May 4, 2017
Location: Amman, Jordan

Middle East Region

Amman, Jordan

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 by March 23rd, 2017. Participant selection will be communicated within two weeks.

For further information on logistics and scholarships please download the full Invitation.

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