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Remmy Butia July 4, 2019

COMMUNITY AND FACILITY COMMITTEES SENSITIZED ON SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF BABY FRIENDLY COMMUNITY INITIATIVE

Appropriate infant and young child nutrition is critical for proper growth and development. In order to promote optimal nutrition at an early age, the department of health and sanitation is engaging community health committees and facility committees on their role in successful implementation of Baby Friendly Community Initiative (BFCI) in various community units to address poor breastfeeding practices.

BFCI is a low cost intervention. It drives a community’s accountability for their own health, that is, demand for services at link health facilities.

The link facility should be referring clients to mother to mother support groups and vise versa to address the 1000 days thus improve maternal and infant child nutrition.

During a one day workshop held in Kapsabet town for community health committees, facility committees and other leaders from Mosop and Aldai Community Units, the members agreed to spearhead the activities which are being carried by the Community Health Volunteers within the community.

The department of health is committed to take more of their nutrition activities to the far flung areas of the county.

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