Infant and Young Child Feeding Training Workshop
Infant and Young Child Feeding Training Workshop5/8/2016
The Ministry of Health represented by the Nutrition Department conducted today (Sunday) a training workshop on the field of Infant and young child feeding, marking Breastfeeding and supplementary Food, at the Royal Hospital. The workshop includes transferring health institutions into baby-friendly-institutions by implementing breastfeeding and supplementary food’s policies. The workshop witness the participation of number of doctors, nurses, and nutritionists from all Governorates. It is the first time that such workshop incorporates tools of breastfeeding and supplementary feeding, baby-friendly-institutions, in addition to pregnant and breast-feeding mother nutrition.
The five-day workshop aims at improving practices of infants and young children feeding, consequently improving their survival and promoting healthy growth and development through achieving the optimal feeding. It supports exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life followed by the nutritionally-adequate and safe complementary foods together with continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond. Furthermore, it fulfills the needs of all children including those living under difficult circumstances such as low-birth-weight or premature infants and infants of HIV-infected mothers.
This workshop will enable the health workers and children caregivers to implement the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and to adhere to the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes. In addition, the participants will gain appropriate skills to communicate with mothers on breastfeeding and all the relevant issues. The training workshop will be concluding by establishing a timed action plan for each Governorate that carries the objective of transferring all health institutions into baby-friendly ones, and recommending conducting this workshop in all Governorate so to train larger number of the targeted health categories.
It should be noted that the MOH represented by the nutrition department at the Directorate General for Primary Healthcare carries out the responsibility of strengthening the role of health institutions as baby-friendly institutions along with the community to implement infant and young child feeding strategy. The department further sets mechanism to monitor and assess health workers in any baby-friendly-institution-to-be.