Welcome to IYCF Remote Counseling: How to support caregivers during infectious disease outbreaks and other settings
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Is this course for me?
This course is designed for practitioners already trained in infant and young child feeding (IYCF) counseling. If you are not a skilled IYCF counselor, you should first receive training in IYCF counseling before taking this course.

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How will I benefit from this course?
By the end of the course, learners are able to remotely assess the nutrition situation of their client and their child, analyze potential feeding challenges, and act to address those challenges. The course also provides additional considerations for IYCF counseling in specific remote settings, including infectious disease outbreaks, conflict areas, and during migration or displacement events.

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How long will it take?
 This course will take less than 1 hour to complete.

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How much does it cost?
 This course is free!

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Will I get a certificate at the end?
 Yes - you will be able to download a certificate once you have have completed the course.

The word START and a question mark in a circleHow do I start?
 Scroll to the top of the page and click on the       I agree - join course       button. This will take you through to the course content. You don't need to complete the course in one go - you can always continue later from where you left off.

If you have any questions about or issues with course content, please contact ready@savechildren.org


READY would like to thank the following individuals for their support in designing and developing this course: Dr. Bindi Borg, Independent Certified Breastfeeding Counsellor and Community Educator; Dr. Erin Boyd, USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance; Andrea García Charnichart, IBCLC, Save the Children; Colleen Emary, World Vision;  Isabel Modigell, Save the Children; Armelle Sacher, Action Contre la Faim; and Firda Yani, Save the Children.

This course was developed by the READY initiative. This course is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility of the READY initiative and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government. 


In 2018, the United States Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance-funded a three-year initiative to augment global capacity to respond to major disease outbreaks. The READY initiative is led by Save the Children in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health, the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, UK-Med, EcoHealth Alliance, and Mercy Malaysia. READY supplements existing efforts to strengthen coordination between global humanitarian outbreak structures and operational organizations responding to outbreaks. Additionally, READY is building and retaining capacity among operational consortium members, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other stakeholders in to more quickly and effectively respond to major outbreaks, including COVID-19, with an integrated approach that addresses holistic needs of affected communities—with community engagement and communications at the center.  

To learn more about our work, visit our website at www.ready-initiative.org.

Data protection and consent

This course was created and is administered by Save the Children US, The Humanitarian Leadership Academy, and READY initiative. By joining this course you are consenting to these organizations being given access to your Kaya profile information, including your name and email address, so that they can provide the course. This may require them to contact you. Your data will be anonymized before it is used for any analysis or reporting purposes. If you have any questions about this, please email ready@savechildren.org