Social and Behavior Change for Nutrition Programs During COVID-19

July 30, 2020
8 am
Virtual Participation Available
This webinar will share experiences and resources for adapting nutrition SBC programming to COVID-19.

About this Event

The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to have an indirect, yet severe and lasting, effect on maternal and child nutrition. Weakened and overwhelmed health systems can mean reduced access to and utilization of nutrition services while added stress on households can create additional challenges to practice recommended nutrition actions in the critical first 1,000 days—from the start of a woman’s pregnancy through her child’s second birthday. More than ever, social and behavior change (SBC) approaches remain essential to achieving good nutrition. This webinar will review important considerations and share experiences and resources to support country programs in adapting nutrition SBC programming in response to the challenges presented by COVID-19. Presenters will also discuss how to handle nutrition-related myths and misconceptions that have surfaced during the pandemic.

The webinar will be in English, with simultaneous interpretation into French.


  • Lynn Van Lith, Technical Director, Breakthrough ACTION (Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs)

Featured Speakers:

  • Laura Itzkowitz, Nutrition SBC Advisor, USAID
  • Jennifer Yourkavitch, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Director, USAID Advancing Nutrition
  • Nazgul Abazbekova, Chief of Party, USAID Advancing Nutrition Kyrgyz Republic
  • Kelsey Torres, Program Officer, USAID Advancing Nutrition