The newly activated Nutrition Cluster (NC) in Ukraine works to provide life saving nutrition activities to the most vulnerable population, including infants, young children, pregnant and breastfeeding women as well as older people and adults with specific nutrition needs.
The cluster is creating a plan of action aligned with the revised flash appeal and calling for adequate funding to support the scaling up of nutrition interventions. The NC closely coordinates with the relevant clusters to include Health, WASH, protection and Food security and livelihoods considerations and ensure convergence of efforts.
The immediate key activities for the NC are:
- Coordinate and monitor the nutrition response.
- Develop and implement nutrition advocacy and communication plan covering priority messages and actions to priority audiences.
- Support and facilitate partners set up of the Mother-Baby Friendly Spaces to protect and promote safe and appropriate Infant and Young Child Feeding practices and mitigate/minimise the risks of artificial feeding for the non-breastfed infants.
- Support, promote and encourage breastfeeding and when no other alternative is possible, support the non-breastfed infants with UNICEF purchased infant formula while intervening to stop unsolicited donations and untargeted distribution of Breast Milk Substitutes.
- Provide complementary age-appropriate feeding for infants and young children aged 6-23 months.
- Support mothers of young children and pregnant women with adequate nutrition and supplements at the points of care.
LATEST FROM THE CLUSTER
UNICEF, the Global Nutrition Cluster, and Partners call for ALL involved in the response to the Ukraine Conflict Crisis to protect, promote, and support the feeding and care of infants and young children and their caregivers. This is critical to support child survival, growth, and development and to prevent malnutrition, illness, and death. Find More : https://www.nutritioncluster.net/resources_Joint_Statement_on_IYCF-E_for...
Nutrition Programmatic and technical guidance
Key guidance for program managers
- Interagency Working Group on IYCF-E | Operational Guidance on Infant Feeding in Emergencies (OG-IFE)
- IIFE Core group | IYCF-E infographic series
- GNC Technical Alliance | Sharing and Learning Cafe on Preventing and Managing Inappropriate Donations
- UNICEF | Procurement and use of breastmilk substitutes in humanitarian settings
Key guidance for frontline workers
- IYCF-E transit guidelines intended for helpers who are supporting families and caregivers who are in transit to safety. Available in English, Ukrainian, Polish and Russian.
- IYCF-E key messages for helpers assisting families and others which can be used as a multi-lingual tool. Available in English, Ukrainian, Polish, Romanian and Russian
Communication materials and leaflet to the population
- Keeping your baby safe and nourished: How to Know if Your Baby is Getting Enough Milk. Available in English and Russian.
- Keeping your baby safe and nourished: How to Cup Feed an Infant. Available in English and Russian Lithuanian.
- Keeping your baby safe and nourished: Increasing Milk Supply (Relactation). Available in English, Russian and Romanian.
- Keeping your baby safe and nourished: Drip Drop Method for Supplementation at Breast. Available in English, Russian and Romanian.
- Keeping your baby safe and nourished: Skin-to-Skin Contact for Your Baby. Available in English and Russian.
- UNICEF | Breastfeeding poster [Ukrainian]
Data and assessment
- Key Phrases for IYCF Assessment and Support: Common phrases and terms necessary for the assessment and support of infants and young children. Available in Ukrainian-Russian, Polish and Romanian.
- UNICEF and Save the Children | Emergency Infant and Young Child Feeding Assessment among internally displaced persons - Kramatorsk, Slovianske and Svitohirske, Ukraine, 2015
- UNICEF and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | Emergency Infant and Young Child Feeding Assessment among Internally Displaced Persons – Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhia, Ukraine, 2015
Research and publication
- Public Health Nutrition | Suboptimal infant and young child feeding practices among internally displaced persons during conflict in eastern Ukraine
- Maternal and Nutrition: ‘We make a mistake with shoes [that's no problem] but… not with baby milk’: Facilitators of good and poor practice in distribution of infant formula in the 2014–2016 refugee crisis in Europe.
- UNICEF | Combatting breastfeeding myths in Ukraine, 2015.
- Only 1 in 4 internally displaced infants is exclusively breastfed in Ukraine, 2015. UNICEF and WFP call to protect and promote breastfeeding among conflict-affected mothers in eastern Ukraine.