Safe Mother & Infant Feeding Project Timor-Leste

by Fundasaun Alola
Safe Mother & Infant Feeding Project Timor-Leste
Safe Mother & Infant Feeding Project Timor-Leste
Safe Mother & Infant Feeding Project Timor-Leste
Safe Mother & Infant Feeding Project Timor-Leste
Safe Mother & Infant Feeding Project Timor-Leste
Safe Mother & Infant Feeding Project Timor-Leste
Safe Mother & Infant Feeding Project Timor-Leste
Breasfeeding Counceling by Alola HLO
Breasfeeding Counceling by Alola HLO

This report was reflected the result of last three months (July-September 2015)  activtites that designed under Safe motherood and Infant Feeding  project in Timor-Leste. With the support ftrough Global Giving  we had support skin to skin contact for new born babies and counseling for pregnant, lactating and post-partum mothers in health facility.

Following are the activty that implemented under this project:

 

Breastfeeding counseling and information dissemination in Oecussi referral hospital

To promote exclusive breastfeeding Alola had conducted skin to skin contact inittation in referal hospital in Oecusse municipalities. The activty benefited by 84 both mother and the new born babies from 92 mother delivering at Oecusse Referral Hospital and has counseled 111 mothers with their relatives.

Therefore, breastfeeding counseling also conducted in referral Hospital which has benefited by 139 pregnant women and 280 lactating mothers. Apart from that the HLO also provide technical assistance for lactating mothers who faced difficulties in breastfeeding including mother with no breast milk at all, inverted nipple and breast engorgement.

Breasfeeding Counceling by Alola HLO
Breasfeeding Counceling by Alola HLO
Breasfeeding Counceling by Alola HLO
Breasfeeding Counceling by Alola HLO
Breasfeeding Counceling by Alola HLO
Breasfeeding Counceling by Alola HLO

Brief Project Report


With the support Global Giving has promoted Safe motherhood and Infant and Young Child Feeding practices program at Oecusse referral hospital.
Last 3 months (April-June 2015) we had support skin to skin contact for new born babies and counseling for pregnant, lactating and post-partum mothers in health facility.
From March to June the Oecusse hospital liaison officer has counseled mother who delivery at maternity ward. The information that was given to the new mothers and their families about the importance of colostrums for newborn baby, good positioning and attachment of breastfeeding which can help newborn to get enough breast milk. Moreover, the hospital liaison officer also still reinforces Information to the mothers and families regarding the benefits of breastfeeding and breast milk to mothers and families.

At Oecusse referral Hospital the staff has been supporting skin-to-skin contact for 77 babies, including helping both mother and baby with first initiation of breastfeeding. In addition, 83 breastfeeding mothers, and 96 family members have received counseling and information about exclusive breastfeeding and postpartum information.

A mother from remote area given birth at oecusse referral hospital said that “The counseling that had provided by Alola staffs are usefully for us and in facts my neighbors babies was healthy when they practice information that delivered by Alola staff. And recently I have been practicing exclusive breastfeed because as a mother I would be very happy if my baby is healthy.

Support Counceling & Skin to skin contact
Support Counceling & Skin to skin contact

Executive Summary

Fundasaun Alola through its Maternal and Child Health program, with the support from Global Giving has promoted Safe motherhood and Infant and Young Child Feeding program at Oecusse referral hospital and 8 villages in Oecusse Districts.

Activities carried out during the period of 3 months (Dec 2014 – February 2015) at facility based are support skin to skin contact for new born babies and counseling for pregnant, lactating and post partum mothers regarding:

  1. Early initiation of breastfeeding within one hour after birth.
  2. The importance of Exclusive breastfeeding from 0 – 6 months.
  3. Proper Positioning and attachment baby at the breast.
  4. Risk of formula and bottle feeding.

During the period, the HLO has support and assist the skin to skin contact for 86 both mother and the new born babies at Oecusse Referral Hospital and has counseled 88 mothers with their relatives. Apart from that the HLO also provide technical assistance for lactating mothers who faced difficulties in breastfeeding including mother with no breast milk at all, inverted nipple and breast engorgement.

Apart from the activity hold at the health facility level, from the community based activity; the Mother Support Group members has referred 10 pregnant women from the remote villages to the nearby health facility for safe delivery.

Complementary feeding  Cooking Demonstration 1
Complementary feeding Cooking Demonstration 1

Executive Summary

Fundasaun Alola, with the support GlobalGiving   has promoted Safe motherhood and   Infant and Young Child Feeding practices program at Oecusse referral hospital and 8 villages in Oecusse Districts.

During 3 months (September – November) there were three main activities that carryout  in 8 target village and in facility base, such as follow:

  1. Breastfeeding counselling and information dissemination in health facility
  2. Monthly Community Discussion Forum in community level
  3. Cooking complementary foods demonstration at community level

In this Q3 report we would like to share some success story of the project implementation during 9 months period and will be represent one of the numbers success story of the project . The title of the story is “Practicing a new behaviour of Exclusive Breastfeeding “

Merry (not real name) a 34 years old who leaves in Sakato hamlet of Nipane village, Oecusse District who has two children. Merry often attended monthly community discussions hold by the Fundasaun Alola staffs in her village and she had gain more knowledge about health issues including exclusive breastfeeding for babies up to six months. Mery  than became aware about the importance of giving exclusive breastfeeding for her new born babies  who was born in November last year assisted by the health worker. Her first child was not exclusively breastfeed by her for six month and she was introduce food earlier to her first ones because at that time she was lack of information about the importance of optimal infant and young child feeding.   Therefore when she joined the discussion and heard all the information given in the forum about breastfeeding and cooking complementary food and feeding demonstration, she become aware and when her second child was born, she then breastfeed her right away and she practiced exclusive breastfeeding for her till the baby reach six months old. As soon as the baby turn to six months old, she start introduce complementary food for the baby and continue breastfed the baby until now the baby reaching 12 months old. Mother and her baby was being as the role mother for other women at her villages to encourage more women practising exclusive breastfeeding for six months and introduce timely and appropriate complementary foods. “I am happy because Adonia is gaining weight every month and she is very healthy and therefore we would like to thank Alola Foundation for their hard working in providing information for improving child health in our village”. She  suggested to Alola to continue implement the program in the villages to improve the health of women and children. For you information we also include in this report an image of one of our beneficiaries breastfeed, please be advised .

 

Complementary feeding  Cooking Demonstration 2
Complementary feeding Cooking Demonstration 2
Community Base Discussion on IYCF in village
Community Base Discussion on IYCF in village
Practicing Exclusive Breasfeeding
Practicing Exclusive Breasfeeding
Complementary feeding  Cooking Demonstration
Complementary feeding Cooking Demonstration

Executive Summary

The project was designed to support the reduction of maternal mortality rate in Timor-Leste. With the support of Global Giving   has promoted Safe motherhood and   Infant and Young Child Feeding practices program at Oecusse referral hospital and 8 villages in Oecusse Districts.

This report will reflect 3 months project implementation in Oecusse district. There are several progress results that have been undertaking from June – August 2014 such as:

Breastfeeding counseling and information dissemination in health facility

The information that was given to the new mothers and their families about the importance of colostrum’s for newborn baby, good positioning and attachment of breastfeeding which can help newborn to get enough breast milk. Moreover, the hospital liaison officer also still reinforces Information to the mothers and families regarding the benefits of breastfeeding and breast milk to mothers and families. At Oecusse referral Hospital the staff has been supporting skin-to-skin contact for 67 babies, including helping both mother and baby with first initiation of breastfeeding. In addition, 77 breastfeeding mothers, and 88 family members have received counseling and information about exclusive breastfeeding and postpartum information.

A mother from remote area given birth at Oecusse referral hospital said that “in facts, it is great to delivery at health facilities, because we have assistance from midwife to clean-up us, rather than delivery at home, because we are the one who should clean ourselves and also we can receive clothes for babies and ourselves from Alola Foundation with more information about how to feed my baby with my breast milk

Monthly Community Discussion Forum in community level

The topics discussed in the community forum for the second three months have been done in 8 respective villages are safe delivery and breastfeeding as well as hygiene and nutrition and so on. Moreover, they also discussed about having regular Ante Natal care to the health facility as well as encourage and ensure pregnant women to take iron tablet. The beneficiaries for Monthly Community Discussion Forum are at community general in respective village that occurred once a month. 68 of pregnant mother, 113 of pregnant mother and 189 community members such as husband, grandmother were participated in the community discussion forum

Cooking complementary foods demonstration at community level

The objective of the cooking demonstrations is to show parents how to prepare adequate complementary foods for children aged 6-24 months. This activity is led by community based groups members   and the Maternal Child Health program Field Officer. Mothers are given information about commencing complementary foods at six months of age, starting with a small amount of food and gradually increasing as the child gets older, while continuing breastfeeding until two years of age or beyond. The community based groups members encourage mothers to feed their children with a variety of foods that are available in their village/hamlet. 389 of children participated with their parents at the Food complementary Feeding Cooking demonstrations. we do a interview with some community member regarding the activties abouve and the result is interesting beacsue they had learn more information from the acivities. one of community member said:

Every day, we usually just cook porridge alone and gave to our children. This is why; when we were going to take our children to weight at the mobile clinic program they got up very slow growth chart. But with Food complementary feeding Cooking demonstrations we can see directly on how to prepare the appropriate food for our children”

Conclusion:

The result thus underlines the unique importance of trained community  caring for women during pregnancy and the early postnatal period.

Thanks to all donor and suporter your contirbuiton will made those changes.

Community Base Discussion on IYCF in village
Community Base Discussion on IYCF in village
 

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Fundasaun Alola

Location: Dili, Timor-Leste - East Timor
Website: http:/​/​www.alolafoundation.org
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Fundasaun Alola
Alzira Sequeira Freitas dos Reis
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Alzira Sequeira Freitas dos Reis
Dili, Timor-Leste East Timor
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