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This documents aims to explain WHY and HOW to implement Baby Friendly Spaces. The manual demonstrates why the implementation of BFS is crucial in emergency situations and provides a summary of basic information, practical advice and refers to other documents for further information.
During emergency situations, whether man-made or natural disasters, disease and death rates among children under-two years old are generally higher than for any other age group, with the highest risk for infants
The overall objective of Baby Friendly Spaces is to protect infants and young children within their families in an emergency context through optimization of care practices with a holistic approach for pregnant, lactating women and their children.
Throughout the manual, reflections will be presented on how to adapt Baby Friendly Spaces to a wide variety of local situations and cultural context specificities.