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Reduced specific vulnerability of infants and children in context of COVID-19

Through promotion of optimal infant and young children feeding practices, and by effectively mobilizing FCHVs and use of local communication channel, the program was successful in reducing specific vulnerability of infants and children in the context of COVID-19. For that, 70000 pieces of IEC materials containing vaccination information were disseminated. In addition, Megaphone announcement was completed through Tuk-Tuk mobilization in 32 Palikas. Before that, a rapid inquiry was conducted in selected 248 wards. For the data collection, four project staffs and 320 volunteers were mobilized. Before that, they were oriented on the checklist.

Sensitized caregivers, adolescent, pregnant and lactating women (PLW) on micronutrient needs

In terms of sensitization of caregivers, PLWs on micronutrient need, LIFE disseminated 8 nutrition PSAs through FMs in Bhojpuri and Maithili languages. The theme of key message was awareness-raising information on how to care for babies over 6 months of age as well as breastfeeding the baby more than before. Pregnant women were also advised to know about breastfeeding techniques if they were suffering from Corona virus, or if there is a suspicion that the virus is not transmitted through breast milk. Also, LIFE disseminated message about PLW in pandemic situation like how to take care of children above 6 months and breastfeeding infants more often than before in such situation through mobilization of Tuktuk/rikshaw/vehicle at local level. In addition, LIFE distributed 155160 flyers which carried messages regarding proper nutrition.