The Infant Feeding in Emergencies (IFE) Core Group is a global collaboration of agencies and individuals that formed in 1999 to address policy guidance and training resource gaps hampering programming on infant and young child feeding support in humanitarian contexts. The IFE Core Group works to develop guidance and resource materials; documents lessons learned and builds capacity to ensure more effective infant and young child feeding (IYCF) support in emergency contexts (IYCF-E).
The IFE Core Group is coordinated by the Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN). Current members of the Group include ACF, ADRA, CDC, CGBI, CHEERing, Concern Worldwide, Eleanor Crook Foundation, ENN, Global Nutrition Cluster, Goal, IBFAN, IMC, IOCC, IRC, MSF, SafelyFed Canada, Samaritan’s Purse, Save the Children, UNHCR, UNICEF, USAID, USAID/OFDA, WFP, WHO, World Vision, and several independent individuals.
Latest IFE Core Group update
During the first quarter of 2021, the IFE Core Group has developed or refined several key pieces of work.
- An FAQ on COVID-19 vaccines and breastfeeding aiming to rectify some of the contradictions in global vaccine advice (here).
- Operational Guidance on how to apply WHO’s Breastfeeding Counselling in Emergencies (here).
- Following the successful implementation of a series of webinars during the past year, the IFE Core Group webinar committee met during this reporting period to start planning for the upcoming period. Accordingly, a prioritisation survey was launched to help in the identification of the top five priority topics for the upcoming year. More than 150 individuals from about 60 countries participated in the survey and the IFE Core Group is working towards developing relevant webinars.
- Initial discussions were held concerning developing ‘complementary feeding in emergencies’ case studies.
For more information on any of the activities highlights or if you would like to enquire about joining the IFE Core Group, please contact IFE Core Grup Facilitator