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Lessons Learned Evaluating the Baby Friendly Spaces Program for South Sudanese Refugees in Gambella, Ethiopia

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BMC Conflict and Health

Women and children are particularly vulnerable to morbidity and mortality during humanitarian crises. To address this problem, child health interventions that include support for the well-being of mothers must be adapted and evaluated in humanitarian settings. Baby-Friendly Spaces (BFS) is a holistic program with the goal of improving the health and wellbeing of pregnant and lactating women and their children under two years of age. This by providing psychosocial support and enhancing positive infant and young child-care practices.

This study explores ways to strengthen the implementation and acceptance of BFS programs. It also explores outcomes associated with participation among South Sudanese mothers and their children living in the Nguenyyiel refugee camp in Gambella, Ethiopia.

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