Tina (WABA Intern) who is pursuing her Bachelor in "Global Nutrition in Health" while specializing in Public Health Nutrition and Food Policy, VIA University College, Aarhus in Denmark, was researching on the implementation of the BFHI focusing on the 10 Steps of the Mother Support. She documented the community, mother support groups in Penang and Kuala Lumpur to see if they follow the WHO guidelines for successful breastfeeding, and to observe which steps are more difficult to implement and how they solve this. She also documented the work and the process of mother support groups and their efforts to make the state of Penang mother/baby friendly. With her research, she returned to Denmark to prepare her thesis on the status of BFHI in Denmark, and how this could trigger change in the Danish implementation of the BFHI.
Sandrine Legal (WABA Distance Internship) who is also pursuing her Bachelor in Global Nutrition and Health but at Metropolitan University College, Copenhagen, Denmark did her internship on developing a short interview guide to find out about the potential activities , outcomes and impact of WBW 2009 theme on Emergency in 3 countries - Cameroon, Ghana and Mozambique.
Lena C Girerd-Barclay (WABA visiting youth guest) who came to WABA to fulfill her Degree in Master of Science, at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. Her thesis is to explore the relative success of diverse communication strategies and methods employed by WABA and its partners throughout WBW in 2011, with a focus on activities in Malaysia, in promoting greater understanding of respect for and fulfillment of globally recommended breastfeeding practices. She reviewed experiences of agencies and individuals implementing communication strategies and tools during WBW, which received positive results, based on the outcomes of the study, to propose recommendations for future initiatives. The study will apply a variety of communication theories to WABA and its partners' efforts to communicate to different target groups on the topic of breastfeeding.
We wished the 3 of them success and hope that they will continue to promote, protect and support breastfeeding. And hope that their Internship work and study will inspire other youth to come join us, as young advocates for breastfeeding towards producing their research and have it disseminated globally. To read more about Tina Lutzen and updates on Sandrine and Lena's internship and Master thesis please refer to WABA Youth web section.