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Final Report - PROMISE COMPONENT 2 (Promoting infant health and nutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa: Safety and efficacy of exclusive breastfeeding promotion in the era of HIV)

Project ID: 3660
Funded under: FP6-INCO

Abstract

Promotion of exclusive breastfeeding is the most effective child health intervention currently feasible for implementation at population level in low-income countries. It can lower infant mortality by 13 %, and by an additional 2 % were it not for the fact that breastfeeding transmits HIV. Proven to be possible in hot and even dry climates, EBF without even offering water is seldom practiced by mothers worldwide. EBF rates are especially low in Africa, but the potential for rapid implementation may be high. PROMISE-EBF ran the first randomised trial to develop and test models for that peer counselling to increase in EBF prevalence. This approach was applied in four African countries Burkina Faso, Uganda, Zambia and South Africa and health benefits, cost-effectiveness and implications for the health care system quantified.

Their final report offers some interesting insight and includes charts, graphs and photos of the study at all stages of the project. In conclusion, preliminary results suggest a positive effect of peer counselling on exclusive breastfeeding rates, with large country differences observed.

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Record Number: 11414 / Last updated on: 2011-04-14
Category: PROJ