In 2014 and 2015, Geneva City, Canton of Geneva and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) gave their support for the first phase of the IYCF project

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IYCF (Infant and young child feeding) Project in Burkina Faso, Gabon and Niger.


From a human rights perspective, the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding must be recognised as a key intervention to reduce the still high infant mortality and morbidity in Africa and to improve child health. This project aims to optimise infant and young child feeding practices by improving the information and support system for parents and strengthening the capacities of institutional and community actors. It will include awareness-raising activities for local populations in the project areas as well as advocacy activities at local, national and international levels.

The project has benefited 250,000 women of childbearing age, 66,000 pregnant/lactating women and as many children aged 0-2 in the three countries concerned. It has also benefited the 100 health workers and 200 community health workers who have been trained in the said countries. The project has also helped to improve the chances of achieving the health components of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The project in Burkina Faso, run by the Association pour la Promotion de l’Alimentation Infantile au Burkina Faso (APAIB), focused on the Sapouy health district, one of the country’s 63 health districts. In Gabon, the project was implemented by the Association Gabonaise pour la Promotion de l’Alimentation Infantile (AGPAI) in the second and third arrondissements of Libreville. In Niger, the project focused on Health District II of the Niamey urban district. This district, which includes the administrative districts of Niamey III and Niamey IV, is made up mainly of twenty-six urban and peri-urban neighbourhoods and six rural villages. The targeted location applied mainly to training activities and partly to awareness-raising activities.

Some of the awareness-raising activities and the capitalisation and advocacy activities also had a wider scope, targeting an audience beyond these areas of intervention, at national and international level. The first phase of the ANJE project was coordinated by the IBFAN Francophone Africa regional office in Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso, in collaboration with IBFAN-GIFA.

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