The International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) Uganda was established on 8th August 2004 and officially registered in Uganda under the NGO Board on the 10th May 2006 as a private-not-for-profit, Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO). It is part of the global International Baby Food Action Network. IBFAN Uganda operates under the umbrella of the African chapter (IBFAN – Africa) and is affiliated to the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA).
IBFAN Uganda operates within the framework of the Global Strategy on Infant and Young Child Feeding and works in the area of Nutrition; HIV and AIDS; Child Health; Reproductive Health as well as Health Promotion and Education.
A land where every child is well nourished and attains full potential in terms of survival, growth and development
To create an enabling environment in Uganda and beyond, where families, communities and health care providers actively participate in, and support women to optimally care for their infants and young children.
To contribute towards the improvement of the health and nutritional wellbeing of women and children
The main objectives of the organisation are:
- To reduce the proportion of women and children who have malnutrition
- To increase the proportion of health facilities that are designated “baby-friendly”
- To reduce the proportion of infants and young children who get infected with HIV
- To advocate for the implementation of legislations, policies and programmes related to maternal, infant and young child health nutrition
- To conduct research on maternal, child health, food and nutrition security for decision making and development of policies and programmes.
IBFAN Uganda Principles
IBFAN Uganda draws her principles from the seven principles of IBFAN which are:
- The right of infants everywhere to have the highest level of health.
- The right of families, and in particular women and children, to have enough nutritious food.
- The right of women to breastfeed and to make informed choices about infant feeding.
- The right of women to full support for successful breastfeeding and for sound infant feeding practices.
- The right of all people to health services which meet basic needs.
- The right of health workers and consumers to health care systems which are free of commercial pressures.
- The right of people to organize in international solidarity to secure changes which protect and promote basic health.
IBFAN Uganda does not accept funds from manufacturers or distributors of breastmilk substitutes, related equipment such as feeding bottles and teats, commercial foods for breastfeeding mothers, or commercial complementary foods. It also does not accept funds or gifts from manufacturers of other products commonly used in infant feeding such as breast pumps.
IBFAN Uganda is a network of individuals, organizations and associations at the national, district and community levels. It currently extends to over 20 districts in the country. Everyone who is committed to a breastfeeding culture and the welfare of the Infants can join IBFAN Uganda.
There is an Executive Committee that provides oversight on management of the Organization’s affairs on behalf of the General Assembly, which has the legal responsibility. The General Assembly meets once-a-year to review the activities and progress of the Organization. IBFAN Uganda has a patron whose role is among others, to support the mobilization of resources and to market the Organization.
The operational arm of the Organization is managed by the Executive Director, who was appointed and is answerable to the Executive Committee. The Executive Director is supported by the Programme Manager and Finance and Administration Manager, who together lead a team of technical officers (Programme Officers) and Assistant Programme Officers at the national and field levels.
At the district level, there are functional field offices in the districts of Kasese, Kamwenge, Mpigi, and Bugiri. In other districts, a Member is nominated and given the responsibility of being the focal person for the Organisation. The District Focal Persons form the link between the Organization’s central office and the districts with responsibility of integrating activities of the organization into the existing health care delivery system and community led interventions within their districts.
The organization currently works primarily among the vulnerable and disadvantaged communities in the North, North East and Western regions of the country. IBFAN Uganda works closely with the districts, following an integrated approach towards sustained development. The organization utilizes a systematic approach to community mobilization that exploits the existing community capacities and local resources for program implementation. On basis of the Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) that is signed with the district leadership, the activities are implemented from the established field offices and in close collaboration with the district health offices.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Chairperson Dr. Gelasius K. Mukasa
Vice chairperson Dr. Godfrey Esiru
Secretary Mrs. Tembo Barbara
Assistant secretary Ms Bazibu Monic
Treasurer Mrs. Njuba Gladys
Publicity Mr. Sulah Kaggwa
Dr. Saul Onyango
Mr. Kasibante Ismail
Ms Zalwango Alice
Mrs. Kyamulabi Justine
Ms Naziwa Jackline