Indicators for assessing infant and young child feeding practices
Part I: Definitions
Conclusions of a consensus meeting held 6–8 November 2007 in Washington D.C., USA.
This document summarizes new and updated indicators to assess infant and young child feeding. The analytic work providing the evidence for these indicators was supported through a partnership of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance project (FANTA), Macro International, the University of California at Davis, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), UNICEF and WHO.
The document is the first in a series of three documents issued by WHO that also include an operational guide on measurement issues and an update on the indicator values for 54 countries using data from Demographic and Health Surveys. It is hoped that the indicators will be widely used in large-scale population-based surveys in countries to assess progress in the implementation of the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding and to measure the coverage of effective nutrition interventions in young children.