Best Practice Interventions

2022 24 Projects FLRF

FLRF and the University of Ghana School of Public Health launched creation of the Best Practice Interventions Framework and Intervention Database in 2021.

Successful breastfeeding is influenced by numerous complex factors in a mother’s ecosystem. Successful interventions need to target different determinants and influencers within that ecosystem – mothers, families, communities, and society as a whole, to name a few. Choosing the right intervention can be challenging given the array of possibilities.

Professor Richmond Nii Okai Aryeetey built the Best Practice Interventions Framework and Intervention Database to provide a compendium of interventions with the aim of helping stakeholders select appropriate, evidence-based interventions.

The living database will offer a selection of academically evaluated interventions. Each intervention is classified by the same taxonomy as the Barriers & Drivers Framework and Taxonomy, allowing an efficient and practical matching of problems with tested solutions.

To build the database, Professor Aryeetey and his team at the University of Ghana collected, reviewed and classified over 1,400 piloted and published interventions and compiled them. In addition, together with FLRF, a framework for the quality evaluation of each intervention is being developed. It will allow practitioners to identify those that best suit their needs. Learn more here

FLRF anticipates the database creation and evaluation processes will reconcile the academic literature on breastfeeding determinants with compatible interventions, and also identify critical knowledge gaps.

The easily adaptable Best Practice Interventions Framework and Intervention Database will be freely available to governments and any organization working to improve breastfeeding outcomes in their region. It is expected in 2024.

Harding K, Aryeetey R, Carroll G, Lasisi O, Pérez-Escamilla R, Young M. Breastfeed4Ghana: Design and evaluation of an innovative social media campaign. Matern Child Nutr. 2020 Apr;16(2):e12909. doi: 10.1111/mcn.12909. Epub 2019.

Harding K, Pérez-Escamilla R, Carroll G, Aryeetey R, Lasisi O. Four Dissemination Pathways for a Social Media-Based Breastfeeding Campaign: Evaluation of the Impact on Key Performance Indicators. JMIR Nurs. 2019 Sep 26;2(1):e14589. doi: 10.2196/14589.

Aryeetey R, Hromi-Fiedler A, Adu-Afarwuah S, Amoaful E, Ampah G, Gatiba M, Kwakye A, Otoo G, Plange-Rhule G, Sagoe-Moses I, Selenje L, Pérez-Escamilla R; Ghana Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly Committee. Pilot testing of the Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly toolbox in Ghana. Int Breastfeed J. 2018 Jul 11;13:30. doi: 10.1186/s13006-018-0172-y.

Aryeetey R, Harding K, Hromi-Fiedler A, Pérez-Escamilla R. Analysis of stakeholder networks for breastfeeding policies and programs in Ghana. Int Breastfeed J. 2020 Aug 24;15(1):74. doi: 10.1186/s13006-020-00311-x.

Carroll G, Atuobi-Yeboah A, Hromi-Fiedler A, Aryeetey R, Safon C, Pérez-Escamilla R. Factors influencing the implementation of the Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly initiative in Ghana. Matern Child Nutr. 2019 Jul;15(3):e12787. doi: 10.1111/mcn.12787. Epub 2019.

Aryeetey R, Dykes F. Global implications of the new WHO and UNICEF implementation guidance on the revised Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. Matern Child Nutr. 2018 Jul;14(3):e12637. doi: 10.1111/mcn.12637.

Hromi-Fiedler AJ, Carroll GJ, Tice MR, Sandow A, Aryeetey R, Pérez-Escamilla R. Development and Testing of Responsive Feeding Counseling Cards to Strengthen the UNICEF Infant and Young Child Feeding Counseling Package. Curr Dev Nutr. 2020 Jul 15;4(9):nzaa117. doi: 10.1093/cdn/nzaa117.

Coomson JB, Aryeetey R. Perception and practice of breastfeeding in public in an urban community in Accra, Ghana. Int Breastfeed J. 2018 May 18;13:18. doi: 10.1186/s13006-018-0161-1.

Gyampoh S, Otoo GE, Aryeetey RN. Child feeding knowledge and practices among women participating in growth monitoring and promotion in Accra, Ghana. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2014 May 29;14:180. doi: 10.1186/1471-2393-14-180.

Aryeetey RN, Marquis GS, Timms L, Lartey A, Brakohiapa L. Subclinical mastitis is common among Ghanaian women lactating 3 to 4 months postpartum. J Hum Lact. 2008 Aug;24(3):263-7. doi: 10.1177/0890334408316077.

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