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Dec 1, 2015

Arrested Development -Launch report

Report formally released
Report formally released

Dear Friend,

It has been a wonderful quarter for us. As shared in our last report, we launched our report on the 4th assessment of India’s Policies and Programmes on Infant and Young Child Feeding using the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative 2015 titled “Arrested Development” on 1st September 2015. We are happy that out efforts of consistently assessing India’s standing in policy and programmes every three years from 2005 have been successful.

The report was launched by Ms. Nutan Guha Biswas, Additional Secretary-Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India.  The event was attended by 61 participants from civil society, professionsal, government/ministries, UNICEF, academicians, and media. Dr.Arun Gupta welcomed the participants and gave an overview on the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi) and its objectives. He also shared the process of the current WBTi India Assessment 2015. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84Fcfw_jQ8Y ) Dr.Vandana Prasad, National Convener, Public Health Resource Network, shared the findings from the WBTiIndia Assessment 2015 and also the way forward to generate action to bridge the gaps thus found. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHyjna7LTvM )

The report launch was followed by a panel discussion on the way forward. The panellists reflected on the work of Ministry of health done in the past that has led to better IYCF practices. However, it was stressed that a proper policy on IYCF and surveillance system and health facility to support mothers to feed needs to be formulated. Importance of maternity protection for successful breastfeeding was also pointed. A Call to Action on Breastfeeding and Infant and young child feeding with key recommendations emerging from the report was also shared. Participants read and endorsed the same by signing it up. The report was shared widely and received great attention from the media with reports flowing in national dailies and news channels.

We are constantly working both at the policy and programmes level and also at the grassroots level to improve programmes and practices regarding infant and child health. If you agree and support the key recommendations please show us your support through GlobalGiving.

Open discussion held after panel discussion
Open discussion held after panel discussion
Participants sharing their views
Participants sharing their views

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Aug 27, 2015

Completed 4th Assessment of India's Policy & Programmes on IYCF using the World Breastfeeding Trends

Consensus Building Meeting
Consensus Building Meeting

Dear Donor

We are happy to share with you the latest development from our head office here at BPNI/ IBFAN Asia, Delhi. We completed the 4thassessment process of World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi) in India with the help of our partner organizations.

The World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi) is an innovative tool adapted from the WHO’s “Infant and Young Child Feeding - A tool for assessing national practices, policies and programmes” that has been developed by International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) Asia, for assessing and monitoring the state of implementation of the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding. The WBTi assessments are typically done every 3 to 5 years to measure the input as national against the global using the tool as a benchmark to generate action based on the gaps found.

The WBTi has 15 indicators. Indicator 1 to 10 deals with IYCF policy and programmes and 11 to 15 deal with IYCF practices. Each indicator has a key question, as well as a subset of questions, to be answered. Once the assessment is done, the data is fed into a web-based toolkit for scoring and color rating, as per “IBFAN Asia’s Guidelines”.

The present assessment is the fourth round of WBTi for India following rounds in 2005, 2008, and 2012. This assessment has been carried out using the revised/updated WBTi 2014 tool. Public Health Resource Network (PHRN) and Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI) jointly coordinated the India Assessment 2015, between February and June 2015. This was conducted along with other members of the core group, which met three times to discuss the findings of each of the indicators and reach a consensus on scoring, gaps, and recommendations.

We have published a report of the India assessment titled “Arrested Development” that would be formally released on 1st of September in Delhi, India. This WBTi assessment report of 2015 highlights gaps in all 15 areas of policy and programmes and IYCF practices, to be implemented for enhancing breastfeeding rates. The results of the report evidently ask for some concrete work to be initiated to fulfil the gaps. The report would be available online on http://worldbreastfeedingtrends.org/ and http://www.bpni.org/. Similar work is being done in other countries where WBTi assessments are done.

For the same we need your backing. Our core area being training and advocacy, we seek your support in this endeavour. Even a little help from your end can haul up our attempts here. We will always be grateful for your support you gave us in the past.

Partners from various organisations
Partners from various organisations
Members discussing scoring on various indicators
Members discussing scoring on various indicators

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May 28, 2015

Thanks to you, our mission got a boost !! We added 30 more trained IYCF counsellors at field level.

Sunita (ASHA Worker), ‘We wanted such training from a very long time, but for some reasons it always got cancelled. I am very happy that we finally got trained on such crucial aspects of infant health and feeding.’

This token of gratitude is sent from the Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA worker) from Dhanwara village, Uttar Pradesh, India, Our last project report updated you about our aim of saving infant lives by protecting promoting and supporting Breastfeeding through training. We in our efforts to take this vision to the grassroots wish to share the recent training of Frontline Workers (FLWs). Thirty community workers (ASHA/AWW) from Jakhaura Block, Uttar Pradesh, who directly interact with mothers and families, were trained in Infant and Young Child Feeding Counselling Training- The ‘4 in 1 course’ (An Integrated course on Breastfeeding, Complementary Feeding, Infant feeding & HIV and Growth Monitoring). The workshop was conducted in collaboration with B. R. D. Medical College and District Administration Lalitpur, Uttar Pradesh. Maintaining the quality of the training is very crucial thus the monitoring and evaluation of the training was done under the supervision of Chief Development Officer, Lalitpur, UP Government.

Participants comprised of Aanganwadi workers (AWW), Aanganwadi helpers, ASHAs and Social Workers who belong to the health and nutritional care system of the government and provide end level care for health and child development programmes. They have the necessary information but lack counselling skills to disseminate in the community. Through this training they received crucial knowledge on Breastfeeding, complementary feeding, HIV and Infant Feeding and growth monitoring. These trained workers are now going to work towards bringing a positive change in their communities through behaviour change catering to a population of around 25,000.

These trainings not only impart essential knowledge on Infant and Young Child Feeding, but counselling skills too. As it is well established that merely information giving and telling the people what should or should not be done is not enough. Counselling on the other hand is the process of assisting, guiding and exploring possibilities to choose the best solution as per one’s own needs. This approach requires the use of certain counselling skills that were paassed on to the participants during the training. Narrating her views, Shivkumari, an ASHA worker says ‘I feel a very big responsibility lies on my shoulder’s because I am trained now and have the knowledge . Women in our village are not educated and neither do they have a say in making important decisions for their children. Training has given me the confidence to talk and convince mothers and families to choose the best for their children.’

Leela Pathak (AWW Helper), ‘After completing the training I feel like a guardian to all the children in my community. Good caring practices can keep the child healthy and prevent malnutrition and deaths. By involving mother groups, together we can give information on breastfeeding and complementary feeding. My knowledge has increased immensely after the training.’

 

It is the positivity and dedication of workers like Shivkumari and Leela which motivates us to work towards betterment of child health in the community. Thank you for your generous contribution, that drives us in our endeavor. With your support we continue to promote the most natural yet endangered practice of human kind which is Breastfeeding.

 

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Training session in progress
Training session in progress
Participants during a Home Visit
Participants during a Home Visit
 
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