To address these health challenges, the Afya Uzazi project implements three high-impact interventions in Baringo and Nakuru counties:
• Baby-Friendly Community Initiative (BFCI) promotes mother-to-mother support groups
• Binti Shujaa Model create psychosocial groups for pregnant and lactating adolescent girls.
• Champion Community Model (CCM) encourages pregnant and postpartum women and babies up to one year of age to practice key accelerator behaviors to bridge the gap between information and breastfeeding practices.
Many resources exist that different stakeholders can use to advocate for and implement interventions that promote breastfeeding and other good feeding practices for mothers and children. To commemorate World Breastfeeding Week, we highlight some of these resources.
Breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to ensure child health and survival. If breastfeeding were scaled up to near universal levels, about 820 000 child lives would be saved every year. Globally, only 40% of infants under six months of age are exclusively breastfed. ...Read More
Breastfeeding has many health benefits for both the mother and infant. Breast milk contains all the nutrients an infant needs in the first six months of life. See information on the WHO e-Library of Evidence for Nutrition Actions (eLENA) ...Read More
These key messages are extracted from a set of generic tools is for programming and capacity development on community based IYCF counselling with high quality graphic illustrations for low-literacy contexts. Aimed for use in diverse country contexts, the package of tools guides local adaptation, design, planning and implementation of community based IYCF counselling and support services at scale. ...Read More
This policy brief by the Global Breastfeeding Collective advocates for smart investments in breastfeeding, assists policymakers and non-governmental organizations in implementing solutions, and galvanizes public support to get real results in increased rates of breastfeeding for children, families and entire nations. ...Read More
The two papers in this Series will describe past and current global trends of breastfeeding, its short and long-term health consequences for the mother and child, the impact of investment in breastfeeding, and the determinants of breastfeeding and the effectiveness of promotion interventions. ...Read More