Scientific Evaluation of the Psychosocial Impacts of Baby Friendly Spaces in Low-Resource Humanitarian Settings (Bangladesh)

Lead Implementation Partner: Action Contre la Faim (ACF)
Lead Research Partner: University of Virginia (UVA) and Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Study Setting: Bangladesh

Study Overview:

Recognizing the critical role of maternal psychosocial wellness in addressing the health and development of children in conflict, Action Contre La Faim/Action Against Hunger (ACF) developed the Baby Friendly Spaces (BFS) program. BFS is a holistic, evidenced-based psychosocial support (PSS) program implemented as a part of child malnutrition prevention and treatment services that aims to enhance mothers’ wellbeing, internal resources, and child caring skills in order to create a buffer against the deleterious health and developmental impacts of conflict on children. This work will evaluate BFS’s effectiveness for improving conflict-affected mothers’ psychosocial well-being and supporting healthy child development focused on displaced Rohingya mothers and children living in IDP camps in Central Rakhine State (CRS), Myanmar, and in refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.