Save the Children (SC) has developed the Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies Training Curriculum for Programme Managers (also known as the “IYCF-E Curriculum”) as a training resource designed to support implementers and technicians in the design, delivery, and advocacy of a coherent and consistent approach to Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (IYCF-E) programming. It can be used as an in-depth regional, country, and/or organisational level training to develop and enhance an individual’s ability to manage or contribute towards the development and implementation of an IYCF-E programme. It can be adapted to a specific context and made more relevant as needed.
The aim of this curriculum is to equip health and nutrition professionals with the skills, knowledge, and understanding required to protect and support infants, young children, and their caregivers during emergencies through IYCF-E interventions which are consistent with the latest global guidance, policies, best practices, and minimum standards.
Upon completing the full curriculum, participants will be able to do the following:
• Assess, justify, and advocate for the need for IYCF-E programming when preparing for and responding to an emergency.
• Describe which actions decision-makers, planners, and emergency responders across all sectors can take to protect, promote, and support recommended IYCF and care practices during emergencies.
• Design and operationalise contextually appropriate, effective, accessible, and inclusive IYCF-E programmes and interventions.
This IYCF-E Curriculum was developed by Save the Children with technical input and review by members of the Infant Feeding in Emergencies Core Group and other IYCF-E experts. The IYCF-E Curriculum Version 2 was made possible thanks to the generous support of the American people through funding by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility of Save the Children and the IFE Core Group and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.
Save the Children welcomes partners to utilize this curriculum to support quality IYCF-E programming through capacity strengthening activities. All elements of the curriculum are copyrighted but may be reproduced with appropriate acknowledgments by any method without fee or prior permission for teaching purposes, but not for resale.
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This session is 90 minutes long and aims to introduce participants to the training and discuss expectations.
This session is 75 minutes long and aims to enable participants to recognize the importance of IYCF-E in general and their context specifically, so they can justify and advocate for IYCF-E in current and future emergency responses. By the end the module, participants will be able to:
1. Explain the importance of recommended infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices in infancy and early childhood, especially during emergencies
2. Explain the risks of using breastmilk substitutes (BMS), especially during emergencies
3. Recognise the impact of emergencies on IYCF practices and the need for IYCF-E interventions.
The Importance of Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies
This session is 45 minutes long and aims to enable participants to recognize the importance of IYCF-E in general and their context specifically, so they can justify and advocate for IYCF-E in current and future emergency responses.
By the end the module, participants will be able to:
Cultural Beliefs and Disaster Myths
Policies, Legislations, and Guidelines
Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies Response
Maternal Nutrition in Emergencies
Complementary Feeding in Emergencies
Breastfeeding in Emergencies
Infant and Young Child Feeding Counselling in Emergencies
Relactation, Wet Nursing and Donor Human Milk in Emergencies
Supporting Breastmilk Substitute (BMS)-dependent Children in Emergencies
Caregiver Wellbeing and Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies
A. Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies Coordination
B. Early Initiation of Breastfeeding in Emergencies
C. Supportive Spaces for Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies
This 90-minute session aims to provide guidance to participants on what needs to be considered to create an “Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) friendly” environment and facilitate appropriate IYCF during emergencies, specifically though multi-sectoral integration of IYCF sensitive activities across sectors.
D. Integration and Multisector Support
E. Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies Situational Analysis and Needs Assessment
F. Preventing and Managing Harmful Donations in Emergencies
G. Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies Media Communication
H. Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies Staffing and Capacity Strengthening
I. Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies & HIV
J. Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies During Infectious Disease Outbreak