Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week 2017 in Cameroon
Sub-optimal breastfeeding practices still prevail in many developing countries including Cameroon despite documented evidence on the vital role of breastfeeding in the health and development of infants (Frankie and Beheshteh 2016).
In 2012, statistics from associations in support of breastfeeding in Cameroon reported a national breast feeding rate of just 20%. It is therefore necessary to educate pregnant and breastfeeding mothers on the importance and benefits of breast feeding.
This project focused on educating pregnant and breastfeeding mothers on the importance and benefits of breastfeeding to both mother and child. It took place over 7 days from the 1st -7th August 2017. Activities were carried out on social media (online) and in selected hospitals in 3 regions in Cameroon (offline).
Increase awareness on the importance and benefits of breast feeding to mother and child.
- Educate pregnant and lactating mothers on breastfeeding techniques,
- Educate these women on basic hygiene while breastfeeding, as well as some side effects of breastfeeding
- Identify some of the factors that influence breast feeding amongst these
Date: 1st-7th August 2017
- Muyuka District Hospital(MDH) (Southwest region)
- Nkambe District Hospital(NDH) (Northwest region)
- Mboppi Baptist hospital (Littoral region)
The one-week event involved education of breastfeeding and expectant mothers at the Muyuka and Nkambe district hospitals as well as the Mboppi Baptist hospital on the following.
- Advantages of breastfeeding
- Techniques of breastfeeding
- Barriers to exclusive breastfeeding
The project was executed as follows: Assembly of HERO team, administration of questionnaire, health talk, pictures, handing in of charts.
We successfully educated over 175 pregnant and expectant mothers (32 at MDH, 45 at NDH and 98 at the Mboppi Baptist Hospital). At the end of each session, charts containing breastfeeding techniques and advantages of breastfeeding were distributed to the Antenatal departments of these hospital for continuous education in these health facilities.