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 mental health in addressing the health and development of children in emergencies, 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 services that aims to enhance mothers’ wellbeing, internal resources, and child care practices skills in order to create a buffer against the deleterious health and developmental impacts of humanitarian crisis on children. This study will evaluate BFS’s effectiveness for improving conflict-affected mothers’ psychosocial well-being and supporting child development and growth among Rohingya mothers and children living in refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

Photo Credit: 1. Shuvro Biswas; 2. Sakera Begum; 3. Md. Rafiq