MBS resource

Pregnant women, infants, young children and their caregivers have heightened, specific needs and crises can lead to disruptions to routines, feeding and care practices.  Is is important, especially in emergencies, to provide specific support for infants, their caregivers, and their families.

Mother and Baby Spaces (MBS) are safe spaces where pregnant women and caregivers of infants and young children are able to relax and can receive advice and support to determine the best options to feed and care for themselves and young children in the current context. Spaces may be established in different locations in various types of structure (ie: tent, bomb shelter, area of a train station). They may be stand-alone sites or part of an integrated centre offering multiple support services.

The aim of these spaces is to protect and promote safe and appropriate Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) practices and mitigate/minimise the risks associated with challenging and traumatic circumstances for caregivers and young children in Ukraine. The MBS will facili­tate access to basic support to:

  • Support to caregivers to feed and care for their infants and young children.
  • Support caregivers to troubleshoot challenges and identify the best options for their  circumstances and preferences.
  • Minimise the risks associated with artificial feeding
  • Provide information about where/how to access other services and facilitate referrals where necessary

The following links hold resources that can be made available in the MBS for staff, mothers, and caregivers.  These resources are in multiple languages.  If you feel that there are resources missing or you have resources to be included please go to the request support tab at the GNC Alliance Technical Support Team to reach the team.  ta.nutritioncluster.net


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