Hospitals to become Centers of Excellence for Breastfeeding in Viet Nam

The Viet Nam Ministry of Health and A&T co-organized an Implementation Workshop to formalize “Centers of Excellence for Breastfeeding” (CoE) with the participation of directors and staff from 29 hospitals, leaders from Departments of Health (DOH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and Reproductive Health Centers (RHC) in nine provinces.

The ministry introduced the designation criteria and accreditation roadmap while A&T and the Learning & Research Center for Newborn Care and Human Milk shared assessment results of the first 21 evaluated hospitals, consolidated from surveys of mothers, self-assessments and external evaluators. The innovative CoE approach provides new insight, renewed commitment and a clear path forward for hospitals in promoting early and exclusive breastfeeding and newborn care.

By the end of the workshop, each hospital and provincial DOH/CDC/RHC presented their committed action plans. As the next step, A&T will work with the hospitals to finalize and execute their improvement plans with the aim of 10 CoEs being accredited during this year’s World Breastfeeding Week, Aug. 1-7.

The following resources on the Centers of Excellence for Breastfeeding are available on A&T’s website: