Nepal

Using ARCH research to advocate for improved programs for infant and young child nutrition

Activities

  • Develop and test monitoring mechanisms to assist the Nepal Government in enforcing the national law prohibiting promotion of breastmilk substitutes
  • Translate findings from ARCH research into strategies to increase delivery facility capacity for supporting early breastfeeding
  • Conduct further research on nutritional status and consumption of commercial snacks among children under two years of age in Kathmandu Valley
  • Investigate content of commercial complementary foods available in Nepal and potential benefits of consumption

Key Indicators

37%

stunting among children under 5

11%

wasting among children under 5

38

under 5 mortality (per 1,000 live births)

49%

early initiation of breastfeeding

57%

exclusive breastfeeding under 6 months

94%

continued breastfeeding at age one

87%

continued breastfeeding at age 2

32%

minimum acceptable diet age 6-23 months

Legal Status of the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes:
Full provisions in law

Sources: Central Bureau of Statistics, 2015. Nepal Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2014, Final Report.Kathmandu, Nepal: Central Bureau of Statistics and UNICEF Nepal; WHO. UNICEF. IBFAN. Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes: National Implementation of the International Code. Status Report 2016. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2016.

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