13 December 2019, Prishtina

For the first time in Kosovo, a two-day conference was held at Hotel Sirius on the 11th and 13th of December in order to train health professionals on the latest evidence-based clinical and human skills needed to support optimal breastfeeding practices, and develop a quality progression pathway at their institution to improve breastfeeding support practices at the individual and institutional level.

This conference benefited 100 physicians, nurses and midwives involved in antenatal and infant care under 12 months from the main FMCs of the five municipalities: Prishtina, Drenas, Lipjan, Ferizaj and Gjakova. This conference has resulted in higher levels of promotion of breastfeeding and confidence in managing breastfeeding problems. As a result of this conference, mothers and children in Kosovo will benefit as improved skills are expected to result in more frequent, effective and accurate breastfeeding advice and promotion.

The conference was organized by Action for Mothers and Children, in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the World Health Organization which is providing funding support. The conference program was developed in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and the National Institute of Public Health of Kosovo.