Help Create 2000 Breastfeeding Counselors in India

by Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI)
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Help Create 2000 Breastfeeding Counselors in India
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Help Create 2000 Breastfeeding Counselors in India
Help Create 2000 Breastfeeding Counselors in India
Help Create 2000 Breastfeeding Counselors in India
Help Create 2000 Breastfeeding Counselors in India
Help Create 2000 Breastfeeding Counselors in India
Help Create 2000 Breastfeeding Counselors in India
Help Create 2000 Breastfeeding Counselors in India
Help Create 2000 Breastfeeding Counselors in India
Help Create 2000 Breastfeeding Counselors in India
Help Create 2000 Breastfeeding Counselors in India
Help Create 2000 Breastfeeding Counselors in India
Help Create 2000 Breastfeeding Counselors in India
Help Create 2000 Breastfeeding Counselors in India
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Dear Freinds , 

Greetings from Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI)!

This quarter we bring to you a report of our advoacy efforts made with one of the ace central government medical college Dr. R.M.L. Hospital and PGIMER, New Delhi on 4th May 2017.

Dr.Ajay Khera Deputy commissioner of child health and immunisation, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare was also present to adress the participants. He is one of the key bureaucrat from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare , Government of India.

BPNI's Central Coordinator Dr.Arun Gupta participated as an expert in the consultation. The theme of the consultation was "Quality improvement initiative on early initiation of breastfeeding among Caesarean born babies". The conference was organized by Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Anesthesia and Neonatology. 

The key objective of the consultation was:

  • To Sensitize about issues related to breastfeeding among caesarean deliveries.
  • To develop an action plan  for a  quality improvement model to achieve skin to skin contact and early initiation of breastfeeding among caesarean deliveries.
  • Urge MOH for inclusive policy on these issues with an aim to favorably impact overall breast feeding rates in our country.

Dr Arun Gupta, delivered a short talk highlighting importance of early initiation of breastfeeding in newborns especially in caesarean born babies as this mode constitutes about one third of all deliveries. Also that although now 80% of deliveries are institutional, these overall low rates of early initiation and exclusive breast feeding rates among Indian mothers can be impacted favourably if a directed effort  as one in this meeting can be achieved. He also outlined steps to be taken especially during antenatal period to make this possible.

It was unanimously agreed upon that:

  •  Skin to skin contact and early initiation of breastfeeding are powerful interventions for improving overall neonatal outcomes.
  •  Currently these indicators are low especially among Caesarean deliveries and that achieving skin to skin and early initiation of breastfeeding in all deliveries including in the OTs is important and feasible.
  • The minutes of this meeting and key recommendations should be presented (after consensus from the key stakeholders who participated in the meeting) to the MOH to consider an inclusive policy to be framed in this regard.

With this advocacy effort BPNI was able to develop relationships with the key personnels fom the medical college and bureaucrats of Government of India . We plan to pitch IYCF counselling specilatist and middle level trainings at New Delhi State Level with them in future fulfilling our objective of creating breastfeeding counselors in India.

Thank you for all your support.

Best Regards, 

BPNI Team 

Dr.Arun Gupta addressing the participants
Dr.Arun Gupta addressing the participants
participants at the consultation
participants at the consultation
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BPNI trainer taking the role play session
BPNI trainer taking the role play session

Dear Friends, 

Greetings rom Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI)!

This quarter we bring to you field level report from Bihar, India . As part of this project BPNI has done several advocacy meetings in the past in states. BPNI's advocacy could convince the state governments to build their capcity by training their human resource as national trainers on Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF)skilled counseling.Training is one of BPNI's forte over the years, till date BPNI's has trained thousand's of  health care professionals and workers in India. 

In this report we would like to share insights from our  training of trainers in Bihar,India.This middle level training was conducted at NMCH  Medical College, Patna.

This was the first Middle Level Trainers Training courses in Patna held under Mother Absolute Affection Programme (MAA) by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare  with National Health Mission Bihar and UNICEF Patna. BPNI is the technical partner to this monumental national breatfeeding promotion programme.The first batch comprised of 25 participants from 13 districts of the state.

Post the training the middle level trainers will help their respective states to conduct further district level capacity building training on IYCF counseling.These trainers will reach out to field level workers helping in creating many more breastfeeding counselors. 

The training was held between 16th to 22nd January 2017. We wish to conduct many more training of trainers in more states with the state governments and other development partners for a holistic coverage.

Thank you. 

Best Regards,

BPNI Team 

A trainer explaining anatomy of breast
A trainer explaining anatomy of breast
Participants during practical help session
Participants during practical help session
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Conducting a group session on positioning the baby
Conducting a group session on positioning the baby

Dear Friends, 

Greetings rom Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India(BPNI)!

This quarter we bring to you field level report from Delhi, India . As part of this project BPNI has done several advocacy meetings in the past in states like Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand. BPNI's advocacy could convince the state governments to build their capcity by training their human resource as national trainers on Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF)skilled counseling. Training is one of BPNI's forte over the years, till date BPNI's has trained more than 45000 health care professionals and workers in India. 

In this report we would like to share insights from our ongoing training of trainers in Delhi,India at University College of Medical Sciences & GTB Hospital,Goverment of India. This national training is organised by BPNI for creating 5 national trainers from  4 different states in India. The states which are here to build their capacity include Jharkhand(2), Uttar Pradesh(1), Maharashtra(1)and Delhi(1). These 5 goverment and private officials will be trained as national trainers over 14 days of training in which they will get training for 7 days and then they will train a team of 19 IYCF counseling specialist for next 7 days. This will help them exercise their skills learnt over 7 days of extensive training.

Post the training they will help their respective states to conduct further state level capacity building training on IYCF counseling. These trainers will reach out to middle level trainers and field level health workers in their respective states helping us creating many more breastfeeding counselors. 

The training has started from 8th November 2016 and will be completed on 21 November 2016. We wish to conduct many more training of training in more states or a holistic coverage. ( This training has been a collaborative effort of BPNI, Department of Peadiatrics ,UCMS, GTB Hospital,IBFAN and SIDA along with limitted global giving funds)

Thank you. 

Best Regards,

BPNI Team 

Teaching back massage for breast engorgement cases
Teaching back massage for breast engorgement cases
Group discussion on soft skills while counseling
Group discussion on soft skills while counseling
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Meeting the Governor of Uttar Pradesh State, India
Meeting the Governor of Uttar Pradesh State, India

Dear Donors, 

Greetings from Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI)!

We are happy to share the second report of this project. As part of the project advocacy we have now approached the state of Uttar Pradesh(UP) in India to pitch our field level training course to be included in the State Nutrition Mission.

Dr.Arun Gupta, Central Coordinator and Dr.Shoba Suri, Policy & Programme Coordinator,BPNI met with Sh.Ram Naik, Governor of Uttar Pradesh in Lucknow in the month of May 2016.

We introduced ourselves and highlighted BPNI’s 20 years of work.We shared the  Infant and Young Child Feeding practices status for Uttar Pradesh as compared to National figures which was alarming for him as Uttar Pradesh's rates were very low. BPNI suggested that reaching out to all women with skilled support would be beneficial in increasing the current IYCF rates of the state.

We also apprised him on the Infant Milk Substitute Act (IMS Act) an Indian law protecting breastfeeding ; which was  his brain child and was introduced by him as the private member bill back in 1992. The IMS Act is in threat because of several market forces and we wanted him to take note of that as well. BPNI suggested the Honourbale Governor to write to the Prime Minister in regard and protect  the IMS Act from being repealed. 

As an immediate action the honourable Governor fixed up a meeting with Chief Secretary, Uttar Pradesh to apprise him on these details. As a follow  up our team met the Chief Secretary Shri Alok Ranjan, Principle Secretary, WCD Ms D. Verma, DG UP Nutrition Mission, Mr. Kamran Rizvi, Director UP Nutirion Mission ,Mr. Amitabh Prakash, MD NHM –UP, DG Health UP, DG Medical Education and Trainings UP in June 2016.In this meeting it was decided that BPNI should send a formal request to the Director General, UP Nutrition Mission for a formal collaboration. 

BPNI has written to Mr. Kamran Rizvi, Director UP Nutirion Mission for a formal collaboration and awaiting his response.If this collaboration materializes BPNI's training course for middle level trainers and field level trainers could be included in their state IYCF promotion plans; this partnership would be a stepping stone in achieving our target of creating 2000 breastfeeding counselors in India. Hopefully in our next report we will be able to share some interesting training stories from grassroot. 

Thank You !!

Warm Regards,

BPNI

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Dr.Arun Gupta (Extreme right) sensitizing officers
Dr.Arun Gupta (Extreme right) sensitizing officers

Dear Donors, 

Greetings from BPNI!

This is our first report of this new project. We committed to create 2000 village level breastfeeding counselors in India. In line with the objectives of our project we have started the advocacy efforts to pitch in our skilled training course for middle level and field level trainers to create a support system for mother- baby dyads on ground. 

We chose Jharkhand a state in eastern India with a population of 32,988,134. In Jharkhand less than 40% women initiating breastfeeding within one hour and about 50-60% exclusive breastfeeding during first six months.

BPNI's Central Coordinator Dr.Arun Gupta and Central Coordination Committee member Dr.Sunita Katyan met director of National Health Mission State of Jharkhand Mr.Ashish Sighmar in the 2nd week of May 2016 to discuss about breastfeeding in the state. Dr.Arun Gupta suggested them how to increase rates of early and exclusive breastfeeding in the state.

Our team also sahred some interesting background papers on the issue to sensitize the sate funcationaries. The state NHM team of joint directors and technical people were briefed on the agenda. The managing director of NHM agreed to almost all the suggestions given and asked our team to summarize in the end. 

 

Meeting ended in a positive note where the managing director of NHM said "we will do it". We also met the joint director NHM Dr.Bina Sinha whom we also sensitized about our initiative. She promised to take it forward and requested our team to help her with a draft plan of action.

 

We are in follow up with the state functionaries and taking forward the dialouge for conducting trainings in future. This advocacy effort was the first step forward to materialize is target of creating 2000 breastfeeding counselors in India. 

 

Jharkhand state officers at the advocacy meeting
Jharkhand state officers at the advocacy meeting
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