Infant feeding in emergencies

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UNICEF, UNHCR, the Global Nutrition Cluster, the IFE core group, and partners have issued a joint statement on protecting maternal and child nutrition in the Ukraine conflict and refugee crisis

This statement calls 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. It has been issued to help secure immediate, coordinated, multi-sectoral action on infant and young child feeding and is critical to support child survival, growth and development and to prevent malnutrition, illness and death. Access this guidance on the right of this page or read more here. 

Baby Friendly resources now available in Ukrainian

Our infosheets on breastfeeding and bottle feeding have been translated into Ukrainian and are now available for health professionals to support parents with the basics of feeding and responding to their baby. Visit our foreign language resources page to learn more.

UNICEF UK’s work in Ukraine

For further support, you can download the Emergency Nutrition Network’s Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies operational guidance and Save the Children’s Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (IYCF-E) Toolkit: Rapid start-up for emergency nutrition personnel.

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UNICEF joint statement

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Ukrainian translated resources

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