Expression of interest for Hiring of Team Leader and member for the Final Evaluation of the project: Improving the dietary intakes and nutritional status of infants and young children through improved food security and complementary feeding
Speaking in an event here, she urged to improve timely complementary feeding
and stressed the need to make strategies in this regard, including better antenatal counseling.
Under National Health Mission of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, the remedial steps taken are as follows: First, promotion of appropriate infant and young child feeding practices that include early initiation of breastfeeding, exclusive breastfeeding till six months of age and appropriate complementary feeding
after six months of age.
In particular, special attention should be given to the first 1,000 days, from the start of pregnancy to two years of age, pregnant and lactating women, women of reproductive age, and adolescent girls, by promoting and supporting adequate care and feeding practices, including exclusive breast feeding during the first six months, and continued breastfeeding until two years of age and beyond with appropriate complementary feeding
A significant percentage of infant mortality is largely caused by inadequate complementary feeding
due to poor breastfeeding practices.
For further understanding of the relationship between breastfeeding, complementary feeding
and allergy development, a nested, case-control within a cohort study was undertaken.
At a three-day WHO Complementary Feeding
Counselling Training Programme held recently in Sharjah, Randa Sdeh, programme director and infant and young child feeding (IYCF) trainer and counsellor, said that children badly need complementary feeding
when they reach the age of six months and until they become two years old.
Recommended measures include providing essential vitamins and minerals through enriched foods and supplements; promoting breastfeeding and nutritious complementary feeding
for weaning babies; and treating severely malnourished children with therapeutic foods such as specially fortified peanut butter.
The Panamanian Ministry of Health said March 22 it was putting out to tender the purchase of 60,000 pounds of pre-prepared nutritional drinks for the Complementary Feeding
The experts said complementary feeding
rates are undesirably low in Pakistan compared to other countries in the region.
The sub-agreement will support pregnant mothers, breast-feeding mothers and children suffering from malnutrition and babiesbetween 6 to 24 months in complementary feeding
for two years.
Laila Gad, Unicef representative for the United Nation's Children's Fund, Oman, said the campaign focuses on four main components - prevention and control of malnutrition among children under two years; significance of exclusive breast feeding up to six months; appropriate complementary feeding
practices and continued breast-feeding for two years and appropriate parental care.