The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), is implementing the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative at all hospitals and primary health care centres in the country.
This initiative is part of its efforts to promote exclusive breastfeeding until the child reaches the age of six months and continued breastfeeding for two years and attain Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by reducing the mortality rate of infants and children under age five.
The project, launched by the WHO and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in 1991, has been implemented in many countries and its impact is steady and measurable.
Sheikha Dr Al Anoud bint Mohamed al Thani, manager of Health Promotion and Non-communicable Diseases at the MoPH has said that the ministry is analysing the current situation at hospitals and primary health care centres and preparing a training manual for the implementation of the initiative in cooperation with an international consultant, who will also train healthcare providers in Qatar in implementing the initiative.
She said the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative is one of the goals of the National Plan for nutrition and physical activity and in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030.
MoPH, in collaboration with WHO, will organise a week-long training workshop on the initiative beginning Tuesday. As many as 40 healthcare providers from the ministry and the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) and private hospitals will participate in the workshop. The workshop aims to equip participants to be a 'certified trainer' at health facilities.
The workshop will discuss ways to implement the initiative at health facilities and prepare them for the title of 'healthy kid-friendly clinic' as well as to encourage working mothers to continue breastfeeding their children for two years.
The workshop will also review scientific studies on the necessity to promote breastfeeding and economic programmes to support breastfeeding as well as the importance of protecting breastfeeding programme from the promotions of milk substitutes, and how to limit marketing of breast-milk substitutes.
Source Credit: Qatar Tribune