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Measuring What It Takes to Provide

This toolkit of measures of caregiver resources can help program and research teams understand whether their programs successfully influence these caregiver resources. We can enhance the effectiveness of programs by recognizing and promoting caregiver resources which enable caregivers to participate in nutrition activities and adopt recommended care and feeding behaviors. Measuring Caregiver Resources is the first step toward understanding where there are gaps and how interventions can support caregivers and impact caregiving resources to improve nutrition outcomes.

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Key Considerations for Engaging Men in Maternal, Infant, and Young Child Nutrition Programming

Growing evidence suggests that engaging men in nutrition is often associated with improved infant and young child feeding, maternal dietary practices, improved couples’ relationships, and increased joint decision-making. It also has the potential to benefit children, female partners, families, and men themselves. Intentionally engaging men through gender transformative approaches—that seek to promote equity and transform gender relations—is important for improving nutrition outcomes as well as increasing women’s agency and it can have long-term positive changes in gendered power dynamics.

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Adolescent Mothers against All Odds (AMAL) Initiative

CARE’s Adolescent Mothers against All Odds (AMAL) Initiative seeks to address the needs of pregnant adolescents and first-time mothers in crisis-affected settings, while simultaneously addressing community consciousness and engagement around gender, power, and social norms. The AMAL initiative includes three main components (i.e., adolescent-centered components, community- centered components and provider-centered components). This toolkit provides program implementers with guidance, session-based curricula, complementary resources, and monitoring, evaluation, and learning tools for the aforementioned three components.

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The Responsible Engaged and Loving (REAL) Fathers Initiative – Women’s Group Sessions

The Responsible Engaged and Loving (REAL) Fathers Initiative aims to build positive partnerships and parenting practices among young fathers (aged 16-25) to reduce the incidence of intimate partner violence and physical punishment of children. These REAL Fathers Implementation Guidelines for Adaptation and Use are part of a series of documents to guide practitioners in implementing REAL Fathers.

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The Responsible Engaged and Loving (REAL) Fathers Initiative – Mentor Resource Sheets

The Responsible Engaged and Loving (REAL) Fathers Initiative aims to build positive partnerships and parenting practices among young fathers (aged 16-25) to reduce the incidence of intimate partner violence and physical punishment of children. These REAL Fathers Implementation Guidelines for Adaptation and Use are part of a series of documents to guide practitioners in implementing REAL Fathers.

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The Responsible Engaged and Loving (REAL) Fathers Initiative – Mentor Discussion guide

The Responsible Engaged and Loving (REAL) Fathers Initiative aims to build positive partnerships and parenting practices among young fathers (aged 16-25) to reduce the incidence of intimate partner violence and physical punishment of children. These REAL Fathers Implementation Guidelines for Adaptation and Use are part of a series of documents to guide practitioners in implementing REAL Fathers.

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The Responsible Engaged and Loving (REAL) Fathers Initiative – Mentor training curriculum

The Responsible Engaged and Loving (REAL) Fathers Initiative aims to build positive partnerships and parenting practices among young fathers (aged 16-25) to reduce the incidence of intimate partner violence and physical punishment of children. These REAL Fathers Implementation Guidelines for Adaptation and Use are part of a series of documents to guide practitioners in implementing REAL Fathers.

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The Responsible Engaged and Loving (REAL) Fathers Initiative – Implementation Guidelines

The Responsible Engaged and Loving (REAL) Fathers Initiative aims to build positive partnerships and parenting practices among young fathers (aged 16-25) to reduce the incidence of intimate partner violence and physical punishment of children. These REAL Fathers Implementation Guidelines for Adaptation and Use are part of a series of documents to guide practitioners in implementing REAL Fathers.

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Results and lessons from interventions with First-Time Parents in Madagascar, Mozambique and Nigeria

This technical brief presents findings and lessons learned from small-scale interventions implemented by the Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) with first-time parents (FTPs) in three diverse settings. This presentation of cross-country learning is intended to help program implementers design effective interventions for FTPs and to inform future research and learning agendas.

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Factors impacting use of health services by first time/young parents: A formative research toolkit

"There is a clear need for interventions to connect pregnant and parenting adolescents and young people to health services, ensuring uptake of maternal and newborn care (MNC) and antenatal care (ANC) services as well as continued use of family planning for healthy timing of a subsequent pregnancy. Given that FT/YPs’ use of health service is determined by factors within and beyond their control, it is important to use a socio-ecological model to design research and interventions. This toolkit is designed to simplify the process of designing research to include the perspectives of first-time mothers and fathers, their families and communities, and the health system."

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