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Counselling to Improve Maternal Nutrition: Considerations for programmingwith quality, equity and scale

This programme brief describes a set of approaches to strengthen maternal nutrition counselling. This begins with an understanding of the context, including the barriers and enablers to maternal nutrition counselling services and the adoption of optimal nutrition practices. It then outlines approaches to improve the enabling environment for maternal nutrition counselling; key considerations for the design of counselling services; strategies for strengthening service delivery platforms and building the capacity of health workers and community health workers; complementary actions to improve women’s access to dietary supplements and nutritious and affordable diets; strategies for delivering maternal nutrition counselling services in humanitarian contexts; and approaches to monitoring maternal nutrition counselling services.

UNICEF Torlesse et al. January 2022
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