MATERNAL AND CHILD WELLBEING Posted on 17/10/2018 (11/09/2019) by Siki kigongo RESEARCH RESEARCH // WHAT WE DO // MATERNAL AND CHILD WELLBEING RESEARCH UNITS RESEARCH CAPACITY STRENGTHENING POLICY ENGAGEMENT & COMMUNICATIONS FELLOWSHIPS PARTNERSHIPS WITH UNIVERSITIES RESEARCH ON HIGHER EDUCATION COMMUNICATIONS Knowledge Management Policy Engagement Aging and Development Education and Youth Empowerment Health and Systems for Health Maternal and Child Wellbeing Population Dynamics and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Urbanization and Wellbeing Data and Measurement MATERNAL AND CHILD WELLBEING Signature Issue The Center’s priority area for this unit is breastfeeding optimization. Situated within a broader Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition research agenda, this program aims to understand multiple influences of, and strategies to optimize early nutrition. It includes the magnitude of visible and hidden maternal and child malnutrition and the impacts of preconception nutrition and nutrition during the first 1,000 days of life on long-term health and human capital trajectories. OVERVIEW The Center’s approach to maternal and child wellbeing dissects and understands the social and physical factors of maternal health and child survival in order to develop and promote effective intervention strategies. We are also bringing our approach to evidence generation, synthesis and use to bear in an exploration of both the drivers and the consequences of childhood malnutrition among poor populations driven by factors including poor feeding practices. The Center is continuing its work on developing and assessing interventions to optimize nutrition, specifically breastfeeding. At the macro level, we aim to characterize the nutrition transition in the African context and its influence on maternal and child nutrition and health.