Webinar| Developing Capacity: Strengthening Breastfeeding Counseling in Kenya through Mentorship

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Photo Credit: Eric Onyiego/USAID Kenya

Optimal breastfeeding is one of the most powerful practices we have to save the lives of infants and children. Despite its effectiveness, less than half of newborns worldwide initiate breastfeeding within an hour of birth and only 41 percent of infants under six months of age are exclusively breastfed. Strengthening the skills of health providers to provide quality breastfeeding counseling is a critical first step for many mothers and families.

Join us in commemorating World Breastfeeding Week 2022 at an upcoming webinar highlighting a competency-driven mentoring program designed to strengthen skills in breastfeeding counseling among health workers in Kenya. Spearheaded by Kenya’s Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) Taskforce, this collaboration involved convening stakeholders to support breastfeeding and building a hands-on mentorship strategy that reinforces competencies outlined in the global BFHI Competency Verification Toolkit.

This event will also be available in French and is the second in a webinar series that aims to review the importance of competencies and how to translate them from a concept to a tangible, relevant tool for designing high-quality capacity strengthening interventions.


  • Altrena Mukuria-Ashe, DrPH (moderator), Senior Technical Advisor, USAID Advancing Nutrition
  • Esther Mogusu, Chair, Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative Task Force in Kenya
  • Dr. Laurence Grummer-Strawn, Head of the Food & Nutrition Action in Health Systems Unit, World Health Organization
  • Jeniece Alvey, Nutrition Advisor, USAID Bureau for Global Health
  • Ruth Tiampati, Agriculture, Child Health and Nutrition Team Lead, USAID Kenya, Head of the Nutrition Division at Kenya’s Ministry of Health