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Interventions

Window of Opportunity uses a multidimentional approach to combating maternal and child malnutrition.   By promoting the following activities, we are reducing undernutrition, stunting, wasting, micronutrient deficiencies, and ultimately maternal and childhood illness and death:

  • Optimal nutrition for women;
  • Antenatal care by medical professionals;
  • Prevention of vitamin A deficiency for women and children;
  • Immediate initiation of breastfeeding, skin-to-skin contact and feeding of colostrum;
  • Exclusive, frequent, and on-demand breastfeeding for the child’s first six months of life;
  • Timely and optimal complementary feeding starting at six months of age, with continued breastfeeding to two years old and beyond;
  • Responsive feeding that is sensitive to the child’s hunger and satiety cues and that also ensures a conducive psychosocial environment, so the child consumes a nutritionally adequate diet;
  • Optimal nutritional care of sick and severely malnourished children;
  • Support for the 2009/2010 WHO guidelines on HIV and infant feeding;
  • Good hygiene practices/ hand washing (i.e., after defecation, after handling child’s feces/cleaning bottom/changing, before food preparation, before eating and before feeding a child);
  • Safe preparation and storage of complementary foods.
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