Resource Library: Ethiopia
The Roles and Influence of Grandmothers and Men: Evidence Supporting a Family-focused Approach to Optimal Infant and Young Child Nutrition
This report reviews both published and gray literature from the past 25 years addressing intra-household roles and dynamics related to infant and young child nutrition—specifically the roles and influence of senior women, or grandmothers, and men. The report examines infant and young child nutrition and other maternal and child health interventions explicitly involving grandmothers and/or men and reports on each intervention’s effectiveness. Finally, the report looks at the roles of grandmothers and men in infant and young child feeding, and in areas with high prevalence of HIV/AIDS, each group’s inclusion in prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) programs. The analysis provides the basis for a series of conclusions and recommendations for designing future infant and young child nutrition interventions.