PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Post/Asia News Network): The National Maternal and Child Health Centre (NMCHC) and World Vision International (Cambodia) have jointly announced the launch of “Baby-Friendly Health Centre” – a pilot one-year programme aimed at promoting breastfeeding and treatment of acute malnutrition – at eight health centres in Siem Reap province.
According to their Nov 29 joint statement, the programme is in line with the operational guidelines for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiatives [BFHI] rolled out by the Ministry of Health in September 2022.
The BFHI was first launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Unicef in 1991.
“The one-year pilot programme intends to improve the breastfeeding rate and children’s wellbeing by promoting the eight health centres as baby-friendly, in line with,” it said.
Within these health centres, World Vision Cambodia aims to improve the identification, referral and follow-up of children with acute malnutrition.
This will contribute to the Global Action Plan on Child Wasting (acute malnutrition) by the UN Cambodia 2021 and the recently launched Interim Guidelines for Growth Monitoring and Promotion of children under 5 by the health ministry.