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threshold value of IYCF indicators

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Kemgueu Tiemo Willie

Nutritionniste / World Vegetable Center

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10 Mar 2020, 10:07

Hello dear members

I am a Cameroonian nutritionist working in a World Vegetable Center research center as part of a project called improving dietary diversity in children aged between 6 and 23 months. As part of the project activities we are assessing the 8 IYCF indicators. However I would like to know if there are critical thresholds as there are for GAM? I would also like to know how to calculate these indicators -is there any specific software?

Thank you very much in advance.


Global IYCF-E Adviser

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10 Mar 2020, 12:18


thanks a lot for the question. While I am not familiar with any threshold along the lines of GAM and others, I would suggest you look at the breastfeeding score cards for UNICEF and WHO. It does provide thresholds that classify countries...according to breastfeeding rates

another interesting attempt has been made by IBFAN with the World Breastfeeding Trends Inuitiatives tool (WBTi)

they also use some thresholds for five (5) IYCF indicators

lastly, the Global Nutrition Clyster develop a Humanitarian Nuyrition Registry. In the registry there are suggested thresholds for some if not all the IYCF indicators

thanks and best regards


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