Bangladesh Breastfeeding Foundation is a philanthropic and non-profitable organization. In Bangladesh a group of concerned and devoted medical professionals, scientist, public health professionals, individuals from government and non-government agencies and UN agencies joined hands under the name of Campaign for protection and Promotion of breastfeeding (CPPBF) in April 1989 and initiated their peaceful but committed movement against the rapid decline of the breastfeeding practices in Bangladesh.
UNICEF provided financial support from 1989 to 1995 through the Institute of Public Health (IPHN). Science then BBF till date continues its movement to promote, protect and support optimal breastfeeding for all infants in the country with appropriate and adequate homemade complementary food after 6 month as well ensure appropriate and adequate nutrition for the pregnant and nursing mothers. Currently BBF operates through offering services on IYCF and related program activity as well as financial support of MOHFW. BBF works with IPHN, NNS and MOHFW jointly through the declaration of the Honorable Prime Minister of Peoples Republic of Bangladesh since 2009.
History of BBF
Formally began to function in 1989 for the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding in the country. BBF received technical and financial assistance from UNICEF from 1989 to October 1996. From November 1996 to June 2002 Bangladesh Integrated Nutrition Project (BINP) financed BBF with soft loan assistance from the World Bank. Since then grant fund have been provided to BBF from Canadian CIDA through NNP for National level and Area Based Community Nutrition (ABCN) activities on breastfeeding.From the beginning, BBF extended its activities on breastfeeding, complementary feeding and Maternal Nutrition. However, in 2002 the strategy on Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) was formalized at the World Health Assembly and endorsed by GOB. Present proposal for financial assistance is asked to meet the IYCF, which basically include protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding and complementary feeding. It is also important that the Maternal Nutrition activities are included into the proposed programmes. These IYCF and Maternal Nutrition activities and thus improving the nutritional status of children and mothers are fundamental to the National development and to meet all the MDG goals by 2015 in general and MDG goals 4 and 5 in particular. Breastfeeding and complementary feeding together prevents under 5 mortality by 28% (Exclusive breastfeeding 13% and complementary feeding 6%: Lancet series in 2003. Early initiation of breastfeeding within 1 hour of birth contributes further by 9 % reduction of under 5 mortality: Ghana study of 10,000 new born). Proper IYCF and maternal nutrition will lay a sound foundation for the healthy living during the entire life cycle of the people; thus will help in reducing both of the double burdens of malnutrition in the country. This proposal is intended to cover and meet the tasks already in demand at the National level and ABCN level on the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding, complementary feeding and maternal nutrition. BBF is committed and capable to maximize its effort to complete these tasks in time during the period February 2008 to February 2010. For these, the technical experts who work voluntarily for BBF will closely supervise. BBF hires adequate number of technical people who will initially be trained for a short period by super trainers from BBF and their works.
On 9 November 1991, the National Conference on Breastfeeding was held in which the Hon’ble President of People’s Republic of Bangladesh and the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Govt. of People’s Republic of Bangladesh signed the Dhaka Declaration. The declaration pledged full support for the protection and promotion and support of breastfeeding. Since then the campaign has served as the national authority on breastfeeding in Bangladesh.
TRANSITION FROM CPPBF TO BBF
In order to confer CPPBF as a legal status and to enable it to receive funds from donors, it was registered with NGO Bureau Affairs in August 1995 under the name of Bangladesh Breastfeeding Foundation (BBF). Since then BBF continues its movement to promote, protect and support optimal breastfeeding for all infants in the country with appropriate and adequate home made complementary food after 6 month as well promote and advocate for appropriate and adequate nutrition for the pregnant and nursing mothers.
BINP to NNP
From November 1996 to June 2002 BBF continued and expanded its activities supported by the MOHFW through BINP (Bangladesh Integrated Nutrition Project). Later till March 2007, BBF continued its activities with support from MOHFW through National Nutrition Programme (NNP) of the Government of Bangladesh.
MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE of BBF
BBF is governed by a 15 member board of trustee (BOT). The BOT meets once every two months to review activities and suggest improvements and discuss and decide on important issues. BBF implements its activities through 9 program committees which are headed by the members of the BOT. Each committee is composed of 10-15 members and meets once in every month. Each member of committee provides necessary suggestion/ advice for the development of the programme.
The single goal is to significantly ensure highest level of Protection, Promotion and Support of Breastfeeding and optimal IYCF practice and ensure optimum maternal nutrition in Bangladesh.