Ethiopians are more willing to take advice from someone within their community that is known to everybody. UNICEF shared this experience with the Ethiopian health sector to enable scaling-up of local production of complementary food using women support groups. Support groups made up of households with specific knowledge build networks by becoming models to roughly five other families in their sub-district (kebele).

Once a month, the members of the one-to-five networks mobilise their communities to join activities about safety, hygiene and immunisation.

Source: UNICEF Ethiopia

20% of mothers of children aged 6-23 months practice the internationally-accepted criteria for breastfeeding. This includes the early initiation of breastfeeding and appropriate timing (within 30 minutes to 1 hour after birth) and the practice of complementary feeding (from 6 months of age).

Source: UNICEF Ethiopia

134,000 Number of children under-2 taking part in monthly growth monitoring and promotion activities by 2015. These events are organised by women development armies (WDA) with support from health extension workers to monitor and assess children’s health and provide extra information on nutrition to caregivers.

Source: Netherlands Embassy - report 2012