WHO/UNICEF Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) Resources
WHO: Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative
UNICEF: Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative
Revitalization of BFHI
Randa Saadeh, Scientist, Nutrition for Health and Development. SCN, Rome, 2007 - 32 slides 788 kb
The Innocenti Declaration: progress and achievements, parts I, II and III
Weekly Epidemiological Record, 1998, 73(5):25-32, 73(13):91-94 and 73(19):139-144
Geneva, World Health Organization 1998
English and French: Part I ¦ Part II ¦ Part III
Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative - WHO
Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (2009) - WHO
Revised, updated and expanded for integrated care
Authors: World Health Organization, UNICEF
The Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global effort launched by WHO and UNICEF to implement practices that protect, promote and support breastfeeding. It was launched in 1991 in response to the Innocenti Declaration. The global BFHI materials have been revised, updated and expanded for integrated care. The materials reflect new research and experience, reinforce the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes, support mothers who are not breastfeeding, provide modules on HIV and infant feeding and mother-friendly care, and give more guidance for monitoring and reassessment.
The revised package of BFHI materials includes five sections: 1. Background and Implementation, 2. Strengthening and Sustaining the BFHI: A course for decision-makers, 3. Breastfeeding Promotion and Support in a Baby-friendly Hospital: a 20-hour course for maternity staff, 4. Hospital Self-Appraisal and Monitoring, and 5. External Assessment and Reassessment. Sections 1 to 4 are widely available while section 5 is for limited distribution.
Section 5. External Assessment and Reassessment, provides guidelines and tools for external assessors to use initially to assess whether hospitals meet the Global Criteria and thus fully comply with the Ten Steps, and then to reassess on a regular basis whether they continue to maintain the required standards. Section 5 is divided in three parts:
It also includes:
Section 5: External Assessment and Reassessment is not available for general distribution but will be provided for those needing it for assessment purposes. It is available to the regional and national UNICEF offices through the UNICEF Intranet and WHO offices to provide to the national authorities for BFHI. It is then made available to the assessors who conduct BFHI assessments and reassessments.
Authors: Aga Khan University, AusAID, BASICS, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, DfID, Family Care International, International Paediatric Association, Johns Hopkins University, the Lancet, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Norad, PMNCH, Save the Children, UNFPA, UNICEF, Universidade Federal de Pelotas, the University of Aberdeen, USAID, WHO, and the World Bank.
A collaboration among individuals and institutions established in 2005, the Countdown aims to stimulate country action by tracking coverage for interventions needed to attain Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5 – and, in addition, parts of MDGs 1, 6 and 7.
Authors: Aga Khan University, AusAID, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, DfID, Family Care International, the Global Health Workforce Alliance, ILO, the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics, International Paediatric Association, Johns Hopkins University, the Lancet, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Norad, PMNCH, Save the Children, UNFPA, UNICEF, Universidade Federal de Pelotas, the University of Aberdeen, USAID, WHO, and the World Bank.
Authors: World Health Organization, UNICEF, Wellstart International
With the steady increase of hospitals worldwide that have been designated "baby-friendly", health authorities in many countries have expressed a need for monitoring and reassessment tools that will help them build on progress achieved through the Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI). This binder has been designed with this objective in mind.
The binder is divided into four parts:
The tools are designed to foster involvement of both hospital management and staff in identifying and solving problems, and in implementing the Ten Steps to successful breastfeeding. Their application should contribute to the Initiative's long-term credibility and sustainability.
Authors: World Health Organization, UNICEF
This joint WHO/UNICEF statement has been prepared to increase awareness of the critical role that health services play in promoting breastfeeding, and to describe what should be done to provide mothers with appropriate information and support. It is intended to use, after adaptation to suit local circumstances, by policy-makers and managers as well as by clinicians, midwives and nursing personnel.
Focusing on the brief period of prenatal, delivery and perinatal care provided in maternity wards and clinics, the statement encourages those concerned with the provision of maternity services to review policies and practices that affect breastfeeding. It outlines practical steps that they can take to promote and facilitate the intiation and establishment of breastfeeding by mothers in their care.
21 February, 2016