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Experiences of incorporating support for early childhood development into the Baby Friendly Community Initiative in rural Kenya

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posted on 14.09.2020, 10:50 by Teresa Mwoma, Patricia Kitsao-Wekulo, Emma Haycraft, Elizabeth Kimani-Murage, Milka Wanjohi, Judith Kimiywe, Esther Kinuthia, Peter Muriuki, Natalie Pearson, Kenneth Okelo, Silas Onyango, Oscar Kadenge, Betty Samburu, Stephen Mwangi, Stewart Kabaka, Charity Tauta, Paula Griffiths
Over 66 per cent of children in sub-Saharan Africa remain affected by poor developmental outcomes, exacerbating early inequalities. UNICEF and WHO evolved the Care for Child Development package (CCD) as a community-based initiative to support caregivers to develop stronger relationships with young children and support nurturing care. The Baby Friendly Community Initiative (BFCI) is a global WHO strategy to promote optimal maternal, infant and young child nutrition at the community level. This paper provides insights into the feasibility and lessons learned from rural Kenya in providing CCD training and supporting its implementation alongside the BFCI. Findings from qualitative interviews with caregivers and implementers of the BFCI revealed that training community health volunteers on CCD, enabled them to deliver CCD messages alongside those of the BFCI during counselling sessions. However, a more integrated approach to training as well as practical training opportunities, refresher training and provision of materials that facilitate the programme will enable further support for nurturing care in Kenya.

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  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Journal of the British Academy

Volume

8s2

Pages

103 - 132

Publisher

British Academy

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by British Academy under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2020-03-24

Copyright date

2020

eISSN

2052-7217

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Emma Haycraft Deposit date: 10 September 2020

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