Bangladesh Breastfeeding Foundation (BBF) is working with Government of Bangladesh for protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding and complementary feeding since 1989. BBF had supported government at times to implement IYCF related policies and activities during BINP, NNP and presently with IPHN and National Nutrition Services (NNS) as part of its mandate. Since 1989, BBF continues its movement to promote, protect and support of optimal breastfeeding for all children in the country with appropriate and adequate home-made complementary food after 6 months, as well ensure appropriate and adequate nutrition for the pregnant and nursing mothers. Currently BBF operates through delivering services on IYCF and related programme activities, with the financial support of MOHFW. BBF works with NNS, IPHN and MOHFW jointly to implement the declaration related to IYCF by the Honorable Prime Minister of Peoples Republic of Bangladesh since 2009. Considering the high demand and commitments on the expansion of IYCF service delivery, BBF realizes the necessity of extension of its services at divisional level. Therefore, BBF has taken initiative to extend its services at divisional levels.
Current status: On going
Aim: Programs and activities of BBF are coordinated at the Division level
1. To establish of the structure of Divisional offices
2. To strengthen BFHI Committee for sustainability of BFHI situation in the RBFHI Hospitals
3. To strengthen BMS monitoring system to reduce Violation of BMS Act 2013
4. To increase knowledge on IYCF among the pregnant, lactating mothers and other caregivers
To meet the above mentioned objectives, following activities are being implementing:
1. Establishment of Structure of Divisional offices
2. Activation of BFHI Committee
3. Reviving BMS Act Monitoring committee
4. Court Yard meeting on IYCF and maternal Nutrition
Establishment of Structure of Divisional offices
Total six Divisional offices were established in Khulna, Sylhet, Barisal, Rajshahi, Rangpur and Chittagong. All six offices are located in Director Health Office of each Division.
Activation of BFHI Committee:
Under each division, the hospitals (MCH, Sadar hospitals, UHC, MCWC) which received RBFHI training, DOs maintained necessary communication through physical visits and kept liaisons for the activation of the BFHI committee. They put efforts to make regular meeting of the BFHI committees and provided technical support.
Court Yard meeting on IYCF:
A total of 23 court yard meetings were conducted in six divisions. Total of 669 participants (pregnant and lactating mothers) attended the meetings.