Goal and objectives
The Pakistan IYCF Strategy builds on the existing achievements in Pakistan and provides a framework for actions to protect, promote and support the optimal infant and young child feeding.
The overall goal of the Pakistan Strategy is to improve the nutritional status, growth and development, health, and survival of infants and young children in Pakistan through optimal infant and young child feeding practices.
Main Objectives of IYCF Strategy include:
1. To standardize infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices for improved child health.
2. To specify roles and responsibilities of partners in promoting appropriate IYCF practices
3. To outline technical directives for IYCF interventions.
4. To improve stunting and under nutrition, targeting the critical window of 1000 days.
The specific objectives of the IYCF Strategy, to be achieved by 2020, are to:
1. Increase the percentage of newborns who are breastfed within one hour of birth from 40% to 50 % (early initiation of breastfeeding)
2. Increase the percentage of infants aged less than 6 months of age who are exclusively breastfed from 38 % to 58% (exclusive breastfeeding)
3. Increase the percentage of children aged 6-8 months who are breastfed and receive complementary foods from 57 % to 67%
4. Increase the percentage of children aged 18-23 months who are still breastfed from 59% to 69% (continued breastfeeding)
5. Increase the percentage of children age 6-23 months are fed appropriately based on recommended infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices (as per PDHS 2013) from 15% to 20%