The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative

Monitoring and reassessment: tools to sustain progress

World Health Organization, UNICEF, Wellstart International

Publication details

Publication date: 1999
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/NHD/99.2



With the steady increase of hospitals worldwide that have been designated "baby-friendly", health authorities in many countries have expressed a need for monitoring and reassessment tools that will help them build on progress achieved through the Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI). This binder has been designed with this objective in mind.

The binder is divided into four parts:

  • A guide for monitoring and reassessing baby-friendly hospitals
  • A monitoring tool
  • A reassessment tool
  • A computerized reporting system for BFHI monitoring

The tools are designed to foster involvement of both hospital management and staff in identifying and solving problems, and in implementing the Ten Steps to successful breastfeeding. Their application should contribute to the Initiative's long-term credibility and sustainability.