A mother is the newborn’s best chance for survival. Ensuring optimal nutrition before, during, and after pregnancy offers a critical opportunity for positive health outcomes for both the mother and her newborn and sets the course for better outcomes through infancy and childhood. Unfortunately, in humanitarian settings, separate coordination, implementation, and funding structures for nutrition and health encourage siloed programming, resulting in missed opportunities for collaboration, continuity of care, and improved outcomes. The humanitarian sector must strive for a system in which the mother-newborn dyad is strengthened and nourished through the collaboration of the health and nutrition sectors to deliver quality, accessible, continuity of care within and between services.
This cross-sector technical brief aims to bolster this collaborative effort by providing nutrition and health program staff working in humanitarian settings with guidelines, tools, resources, and examples of best practices, to promote linkages and integrated service delivery across nutrition and maternal and newborn health in humanitarian response.