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Infant and Young Child Nutrition

MCSP continued work that begun under USAID’s predecessor Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) through the development of innovative, culturally resonant infant and young child nutrition approaches, using formative assessments and implementation science research.

MCSP developed a nutrition brief and associated peer-reviewed article presenting a global review of key barriers to exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months of life. The Program also published a brief — entitled “Junk food consumption is a nutrition problem among infants and young children: Evidence and program considerations for low and middle income countries” — on how to address junk food consumption within the context of infant and young child feeding (IYCF) programming in low- and middle-income countries.

Key Country Results

At the country level, MCSP supported IYCF programming in several ways:

Maternal and Child Survival Program