Who we are

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.

Vision

A land where every child is well nourished and attains full potential in terms of survival, growth and development

Mission

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.

Goal

To contribute towards the improvement of the health and nutritional wellbeing of women and children

Objectives

The main objectives of the organisation are:

  1. To reduce the proportion of women and children who have malnutrition
  2. To increase the proportion of health facilities that are designated “baby-friendly”
  3. To reduce the proportion of infants and young children who get infected with HIV
  4. To advocate for the implementation of legislations, policies and programmes related to maternal, infant and young child health nutrition
  5. To conduct research on maternal, child health, food and nutrition security for decision making and development of policies and programmes.

Principles

IBFAN Uganda draws her principles from the seven principles of IBFAN which are:

  1. The right of infants everywhere to have the highest level of health.
  2. The right of families, and in particular women and children, to have enough nutritious food.
  3. The right of women to breastfeed and to make informed choices about infant feeding.
  4. The right of women to full support for successful breastfeeding and for sound infant feeding practices.
  5. The right of all people to health services which meet basic needs.
  6. The right of health workers and consumers to health care systems which are free of commercial pressures.
  7. The right of people to organize in international solidarity to secure changes which protect and promote basic health.

Funding Policy

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.

Structure

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.

Members at one of the Annual General Meetings
Members at one of the Annual General Meetings

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. Current members of the executive committee are listed below.

ChairmanDr. Saul Onyango
Vice ChairpersonSr. Agnes Bonabana
SecretaryMr. John Musisi
Assistant SecretaryMs. Jackie Naziwa
TreasurerMs. Victoria Nabunya
Publicity SecretaryMr. Ivan Mugabi
Committee Members
Ms. Monic Bazibu
Ms. Gladys Njuba
Ms. Doreen Kimono
Mr. Ronald Kasadha
Mr. Nelson Kasaija

The operational arm of the Organization is managed an 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 is a functional field office in the district of Kasese.  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.

Membership

Membership is open to individuals, organizations or institutions involved in maternal and child health and nutrition as long as they subscribe to the Principles of the Organisation.

Some IBFAN Uganda Members
Some IBFAN Uganda Members

Fully subscribed members enjoy the following benefits:

  • belonging to a nationally and internationally accredited association;
  • membership identity card;
  • information sharing and updates through emails and periodic publications;
  • empowerment and skills development through trainings;
  • participation in a fully funded Annual General Assembly and election of office bearers at the appropriate forum;
  • References and recommendations for further studies, jobs, etc;
  • First priority when vacancies exist within the Organisation

Areas of Operation

IBFAN Uganda works through the existing government structures at the district and national levels and specifically provides guidance in the following areas:  Policy analysis, formulation and dialogue; Strategic planning; Setting standards and quality assurance.  The Organisation also provides technical support to the districts and line ministries on nutrition and food security related issues, including capacity development and technical support supervision; Interventions on nutrition emergency preparedness and response; Nutrition and Health related operational research as well as Monitoring and evaluation of the overall Nutrition, Food Security and Health related interventions.  The key intervention areas include:

  • Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition
  • Baby-Friendly Health Services
  • Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and Paediatric Care
  • Policies and Regulatory Frameworks
  • Operation Research

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.