World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi) developed by IBFAN Asia, to assess the status and benchmark the progress of the implementation of the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding at national level of more than 100 countries. WBTi is designed to assist countries in assessing the strengths and weaknesses of their policies and programmes to protect, promote and support optimal infant and young child feeding practices. It is an international periodical assessment of country situation of IYCF using 15 indicators at every 3 years interval.
The WBTi was first launched in the eight countries of south Asia Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in 2005. In 2005 Bangladesh came out with a report of the policies and programmes on IYCF the score was 90.5 out of 150 (YELLOW). In 2008 Similar assessment was again conducted and the score decline to 87 out of 150 (YELLOW). In 2012 Bangladesh obtained the score 107.5 out of 150 & got Second Grade to BLUE color. The recent assessment has been carried out through three consecutive consultation workshops. The launching meeting of national consultation was held on 2nd April, 2015, and the expert committee meetings were held on 27th April and 7th July, 2015 respectively.
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MOH&FW), Institute of Public Health Nutrition (IPHN) and Bangladesh Breastfeeding Foundation (BBF) have organized a dissemination seminar on “World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi) 2015 in Bangladesh” on 24th January, 2016 at CIRDAP International Conference Center, Topkhana Road, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The dissemination seminar was graced by the Chief Guest Mr. Syed Monjurul Islam, Honorable Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Madam Roxana Quader, Additional Secretary (PH & WH), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Mr. Md. Mannan Elias, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare & Line Director (IEM), Directorate General of Family Planning were present as the Special Guests. The event was chaired by Dr. Md. Quamrul Islam, Director, Institute of Public Health Nutrition (IPHN) and Line Director, National Nutrition Services (NNS). Dr. Md. Moudud Hossain, Deputy Director, DGHS and PM, NNS was present as welcome speaker.
Dr. S. K. Roy, Senior Scientist & Chairperson, BOT, Bangladesh Breastfeeding Foundation (BBF) was present as the key note presenter in the seminar. In his presentation it was found that recently in 2015, Bangladesh achieved the score 123 out of 150 and Required Second Grade to BLUE colour which is the highest score among the past few years. He also presented the report card of WBTi 2015. He explained and highlighted existing gaps in the WBTi analysis and recommendations to be considered by the government and stakeholders.
Vote of thanks was given by Ms. Mayang Sari, Nutrition Specialist, UNICEF Bangladesh.
More than 148 representatives from 65 different organizations working in Bangladesh attended the seminar.