Breastfeeding research and advocacy

Breastfeeding research and advocacy

Camerún
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Established
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The Breastfeeding research and advocacy unit works with other advocates to increase first and foremost regional breastfeeding rates.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Cameroon breastfeeding rates are low, due to many factors which include lack of support for breastfeeding women, poor maternity leave policies, cultural and social believes, nurses and health providers lack of knowledge, poor hospital policy, and lack of peer support. The initiative is unique among existing malnutrition-prevention efforts in its focus on programs and activities that promote early breastfeeding initiation as a primordial factor influencing infant nutritional and growth status

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

BFRA unit focuses on collaborative work with grassroots maternal and child health and social service providers. •To train community health workers, or lay health promoters, who make a personal commitment to improving the health of babies and infants. •To assist organizations in developing programs that use the power of peer support, incorporating trained community health workers into positions in outreach, breastfeeding education and advocacy programs. •BFRA also seeks to mobilize diverse stakeholders to build for policies and programs that improve breastfeeding practices in some of the most distressed communities in the country.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Through the breastfeeding research and advocacy unit we have delivered programs, host community events, and promote media messages that: •Encourage proper breastfeeding techniques and practices •Support nursing mother in the workplace We also offer training and technical assistance to associates in the breastfeeding advocacy BFRA is engaged in breastfeeding research on the following topics: •Initiation and duration of breastfeeding in cesarean born babies •Proper breastfeeding techniques and practices •Addressing delivery room routines to improve success of first breast-feed
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

None for now...Its a virgin focus
Team

Founding Story

We discovered that the best way to exert a sustainable impact on the fourth Millennium Development Goal was to come up with an initiative that focuses on programs and activities that promote early breastfeeding initiation as a primordial factor influencing infant nutritional and growth status. This was a follow-up of our initial data we got from low Cameroon breastfeeding rates
About You
Organization:
Breastfeeding Research and Advocacy Group
About You
First Name

Ngala

Last Name

Elvis

About Your Organization
Organization Name

Breastfeeding Research and Advocacy Group

Organization Country
Country where this project is creating social impact
How long has your organization been operating?

Less than a year

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Innovation
How long have you been in operation?

Operating for less than a year

Which of the following best describes the barrier(s) your innovation addresses? Choose up to two

Access, Cost.

Social Impact
Please describe the goal of your initiative; outline what you are trying to achieve

to coordinate efforts by organizations, agencies, institutions, and individuals towards the development of strategic plans, policies, and goals for breastfeeding and to see that breastfeeding practices and attitudes are enforced in Cameroon and given priority as an indispensable step to achieving goal four (4) of the Millennium Development Goals.
BFRA is also involved in the collection, collation and dissemination of information on globally accepted and indigenously relevant breastfeeding guidelines

What has been the impact of your solution to date?

We have had a double-digit reduction in frequent hospitalization of infant born through CS in the past months following our brief interventions

What is your projected impact over the next five years?

We foresee a tremendous increase rate of growth and nutritional status in infants born in rural areas

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

The only barrier might be finance and accessibility to the rural areas, because we fully focus on them. Another barrier might be communication and translating of crucial documents into native languages. So we are looking at co-opting natives into our group on that basis. as for the finances, we hope on the kind gestures of supporters

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

disseminate information on breastfeeding science and guidelines

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

Encourage proper breastfeeding techniques and practices

Task 2

Support nursing mother in the workplace

Task 3

promote media messages

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

developing programs that use the power of peer support

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

train community health workers

Task 2

mobilize diverse stakeholders to build for policies and programs that improve breastfeeding practices in some of the most distre

Task 3

collaborative work with grassroots maternal and child health and social service providers.

Sustainability
Tell us about your partnerships

We just initiated collaborations with NABA, ABM and a host of breastfeeding research institutions. For now we have created collaborations with the regional delegation of public health in Cameroon

Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your innovation? If so, where and why?

Not for now

What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?

We are a team of medical and paramedical personnel with a unified vision and passion to see breastfeeding given first place in the Cameroon health system.Transparency, consistency and commitment have all helped our efforts

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list

As a collaborative and research partner we could serve as research associates as well as collecting, collating and disseminating information pertaining to the subject at hand