Emotional stimulation in the context of emergency food interventions

Mangement of severe acute malnutrition through the provision of ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) is the mainstay of nutrition interventions in emergencies together with food aid and supplementary feeding. However, some research suggests that the long term benefits of these interventions are vastly increased when combined with interventions to strengthen psychosocial bonding between caregiver (usually the mother) and child. A strong maternal-infant (or caregiver-infant) bond provided through psychosocial stimulation is essential for positive child survival and development. The formation of this bond at the beginning of life is an essential step that sets the stage for cognitive, emotional, and social development later in life.

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