“Makassed is the first hospital in Jerusalem and the fourth Palestinian hospital to get this accreditation”.
April 08, 2015
Jerusalem – Maqassed Islamic Charitable Hospital in Jerusalem received the accreditation of “Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative“ (BFHI) on April 7, 2015, after undergoing the required assessment by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), under the supervision of the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
Makassed CEO Dr. Rafiq Husseini expressed his delight and pride following this achievement, saying: “the BFHI accreditation certificate has now been added to the American JCI (Joint Commission International) accreditation, which Makassed achieved last year, in the field of health care, and also to the renewal of its international quality certification (ISO) during that same year”.
He also mentioned that Makassed is the first hospital in Jerusalem and the fourth Palestinian hospital to get this accreditation.
Dina Ismail, Coordinator of Project and Head of the Breastfeeding Committee, explained that Makassed Hospital has joined the Initiative since 2013, and accordingly, the medical staff of doctors, nurses, midwives, and all personnel who have direct contacts with the mothers of new-born babies, have received intensive theoretical and practical training in order to apply the Initiative’s standards and to understand the policy and benefits of breastfeeding, and not promote infant formula milk.
Ismail noted that the ten basic steps to successful breastfeeding include a written policy which is communicated and circulated to all health care staff, adding that the “training in breastfeeding skills and the implementing of these steps has included a number of the Hospital’s relevant sections, such as the gynecology and pediatric clinics, the neonatal and pediatric departments, the nurseries, and the pediatric and neonatal intensive care unit.
The representative of the Palestinian Ministry of Health Alaa Abul Rob, who headed the evaluation committee, stated that “this accreditation means that the hospital has adopted the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding Policy, and has successfully passed the test in full thus enforcing the policies and criteria of BFHI”. He added: “Accordingly, Makassed set up a training system for its staff, and built a special breastfeeding area equipped with the necessary tools to do so”.
Tasneem Abu Sneineh, a mother who has delivered a baby two days ago, said: “The Hospital’s concern with child safety and the care that was given to me and my child, have been among the most important reasons why I’ve chosen Makassed to give birth in”, adding that they are interested in all aspects of the matter, especially mothers’ meals, teaching us the importance of breastfeeding and the proper ways to do so, and encouraging us not to give our babies infant formula milk.
The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) was launched by WHO and UNICEF in 1991, following the Innocenti Declaration of 1990. The initiative is a global effort to implement practices that protect, promote and support breastfeeding and aims to provide health facilities with a framework for addressing practices which have a negative impact on breastfeeding.