Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (IYCF-E)

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In emergencies, the disruption of basic nutrition, health care, sanitation and social support services impairs the ability of caregivers to meet the nutritional needs of infants and young children what might negatively affect their health status. The support of improved feeding practices under these difficult circumstances should therefore be a priority for humanitarian preparedness and response. This includes not only optimal breastfeeding practices but also complementary feeding and artificial feeding if needed. In fragile contexts, uncontrolled distributions of breastmilk substitutes can undermine recommended breastfeeding practices during the emergency and beyond and must be carefully managed. This online training offers an introduction to recommended IYCF-E actions that protect and support optimal feeding practices. You will learn which interventions are needed in the humanitarian response to support caregivers in breastfeeding, in the preparation of nutritious and safe complementary foods, and in providing safe breastmilk substitutes. Other more specific topics will be discussed such as HIV and infant feeding, re-lactation or twins’ feeding.

The trainer will be happy to receive a short motivational statement so that she knows more about your expectations before the course begins.

Members of ADH Organizations can apply for fee reimbursement. Please check within your organizations regarding the internally announced procedure

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You will learn

how to use standard procedures in breastfeeding protection and support in emergency settings

how to reflect on the necessary measures for appropriate and safe complementary feeding as well as the management of formula feeding

what the the risks and the managing of inappropriate donations of breast milk substitutes are

how to generate a logical framework with the main objective to improve infant health and survival (diarrheal disease incidence; infant mortality rate) with the main focus on infant nutrition

Target group

Young and senior professionals in humanitarian aid, other practitioners in relevant fields, as well as students and graduates of relevant disciplines.


9:00 - 9:20

Course Introduction

9:20 - 10:00

Overview of Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices in Emergency Settings

Reflection on common myths about breastfeeding and infant feeding in emergencies

10:00 - 10:30

Global Evidence for the Protective Effect of Breastfeeding for Infants in Emergencies

10:30 - 10:45


10:45 - 11:45

WHO Guiding Principles for Appropriate and Safe Complementary Feeding, Operational Guidance on Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies

11:45 - 12:00

Wrap Up

Olga Kondakova


Olga Kondakova is a Medical Doctor and Health Program Manager, with professional formation in the areas of tropical medicine and infectious diseases in Russia, Mexico and Thailand. Since 2016, she has been working with the international NGO “Doctors without borders” in different humanitarian contexts and situations of political and economic crisis, conflicts, outbreaks or a breakdown of healthcare or infrastructure (South Sudan, Bangladesh, Venezuela, Ethiopia).


* To cover the fees you can upload an educational voucher of the state of NRW during the registration

05.10.2023 - 06.10.2023

6 hours of training

Online Event

ProviderThis training is organized by Centre of Competence for Humanitarian Relief, Münster University of Applied Sciences

This training is supported by Aktion Deutschland Hilft e.V.