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Systems Thinking Approach to Support the Scale-Up of the Baby Friendly Community Initiative in Kenya

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Antuela A. Tako, Antonina Mutoro, Calistus Wilunda, Milka Wanjohi, Thore Nitz, Gyuchan Thomas Jun, Patrick Waterson, Elizabeth Kimani and Paula Griffiths
The baby-friendly community initiative (BFCI) is an infant health promotion programme that aims to support the health, growth and development of infants within African primary care health systems. The BFCI has been adopted in some communities in Kenya and the government has plans for its upscale at national level. This study adopts a systems thinking approach, with two complementary purposes: to gain a deeper understanding of the barriers and facilitators in implementing the BFCI and to develop a whole-systems-based strategy to support its scale-up in Kenya and into other African health systems. The study approach involves the development of in-depth systems maps using qualitative interview and focus group data. Key stakeholders from government, non-governmental organizations and target communities were involved in the process. The components of the BFCI system are mapped using causal loop diagrams to identify the barriers and facilitators to its implementation. This presentation will report our findings based on the analysis of the system maps developed.
Keywords: Public health
Baby-friendly community
Causal loop diagrams
Systems mapping
Health systems modelling

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Author(s): Antuela A. Tako, Antonina Mutoro, Calistus Wilunda, Milka Wanjohi, Thore Nitz, Gyuchan Thomas Jun, Patrick Waterson, Elizabeth Kimani and Paula Griffiths
Year: 2023
Title: Systems Thinking Approach to Support the Scale-Up of the Baby Friendly Community Initiative in Kenya
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD12
Article No.: pre-release
URL: https://rsdsymposium.org/baby-friendly-community-initiative-kenya
Host: Georgetown University
Location: Washington DC, USA
Symposium Dates: October 6–20, 2023
First published: 30 September 2023
Last update: no update
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404

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