Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Planning guide for national implementation of the Global strategy for infant and young child feeding

World Health Organization; UNICEF

Publication details

Number of pages: 46
Publication date: 2007
Languages: English
ISBN: 9789241595193



The purpose of this "Guide for National Implementation" is to help translate the aim, objectives and operational targets of the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding into concrete, focused national strategy, policy and action plans. The guide is written for programme managers in governments and their partners, primarily those working in maternal and child health and nutrition. It proposes a step-wise process to develop a country-specific strategy, with plans to be implemented in support of appropriate infant and young child feeding, especially in the first two years of life.

This Guide has two parts.

  • Part I is intended to help a responsible individual or group through the steps proposed, and focuses on the process involved in developing a national infant and young child feeding strategy.
  • Part II provides details and references concerning the content of the various components of a plan of action that are related to the operational targets of the Global strategy for infant and young child feeding.

This is the final version of the Planning Guide, based on inputs from practical experience in countries, and replaces the previous working draft.

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