Alive & Thrive Technical Briefs

The Alive and Thrive technical briefs were prepared by PICN researchers at UC Davis through the Alive & Thrive Project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and managed by FHI 360.

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Insight | Issue 8: Implications of cesarean delivery for breastfeeding outcomes and strategies to support breastfeeding

This brief addresses the breastfeeding support needs of healthy, full-term babies born via cesarean delivery to healthy mothers.

Tech Brief

Insight | Issue 7: Ensuring adequate nutrient intake

Examines why infants require a much higher quality diet than other members of the household, identifies nutrient gaps in typical complementary food diets, and describes strategies for achieving adequate nutrient intake.

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Insight | Issue 6: Novel and underused food sources of key nutrients for complementary feeding

Discusses the potential contribution of underused, micronutrient-rich foods to meet nutrient gaps in many complementary foods.

Nutrient Gaps

Technical paper: Identifying micronutrient gaps in the diets of breastfed 6-11-month-old infants

Paper describes the methodology and results of using linear programming to determine whether micronutrient requirements could be met using only unfortified local foods in three countries.

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Insight | Issue 5: Essential fats for mothers and infants: Another dimension of dietary quality

Intake of essential fats in the last trimester of pregnancy and the first 2 years after birth is critical for the development of the brain and nervous system.

Nutrition and Brain Development

Insight | Issue 4: Nutrition and brain development in early life

This brief reviews evidence of the effect of undernutrition from conception through the first two years of life on brain development and on the short-term and long-term development of cognitive, motor, and socio-emotional skills.

Early Child Growth

Insight | Issue 3: Early child growth: how do nutrition and infection interact?

Our third technical brief explores the relationship between nutrition and infection.


Insight | Issue 2: Why stunting matters

Our second technical brief discusses the negative effects of stunting and the steps to prevent them.

Early Initiation

Insight | Issue 1: Impact of early initiation of exclusive breastfeeding

Our first technical brief explores the pathways by which early and exclusive breastfeeding reduces newborn deaths and discusses program implications.