Infant Feeding

Outline:

In July 2016 WHO and UNICEF released updated global infant feeding recommendations, supporting exclusive breastfeeding for six months and continued breastfeeding for up to two years amongst HIV positive women on triple antiretroviral therapy and HIV negative women. During the last decade updates to infant feeding guidelines have been poorly implemented, despite training courses to update staff, resulting in sub-optimal infant feeding practices. There is little evidence regarding the effect of a participatory training and dissemination approach to implement new feeding guidelines on healthcare worker knowledge, skill, attitude and self-efficacy and on infant feeding practices.

This study aims to assess the effect of a participatory training and dissemination approach on healthcare workers’ infant feeding knowledge, attitude, skill and self-efficacy.

Progress:

  • Development of an innovative on-site mentoring intervention to improve infant feeding counselling among all cadres of workers at PHC and community level
  • Evaluation of this approach in 12 intervention and 6 control clinics in both KZN and Tshwane.
  • Project currently underway. Workshops due to be completed in December 2017 and data collection in January 2018