FLRF and the Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine at the University of Zurich (UZH) launched creation of the Ethics of Breastfeeding Interventions Framework in 2021.
It is designed to give health authorities practical guidance for navigating ethical issues around breastfeeding interventions.
In practice, it will flag ethics considerations linked to specific breastfeeding interventions identified in the Best Practice Interventions Framework and Intervention Database. It will help users analyze ethical points relevant to determinants and influencers along the breastfeeding journey, leading to informed decisions and helping prevent unintended unethical practices during scale up.
Once complete, the Ethics of Breastfeeding Interventions Framework will be available as an open access resource:
FLRF and UZH anticipate the Ethics of Breastfeeding Interventions Framework will facilitate responsible, well-considered actions aimed at improving maternal and infant health. The partners believe the novel approach of pairing ethics considerations with the identification of best practice interventions could inspire similar practices and set new standards for scientific excellence in bioethics.
The project, led by Professor Nikola Biller-Andorno, carries forward work on implementation research/health policy and systems research ethics already underway at the Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine, a WHO Collaborating Centre for Bioethics.
All operationalization resources together, once completed and tested, will provide a comprehensive resource supporting the systematic operationalization of breastfeeding policies to improve mother and child health.
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