On 12th March 2020, KEPSA Foundation’s Better Business Practices for Children (BBPC) project team, took part in the launch of the first lactation station in the Ministry of Health Offices at the Department of Family Health. The launch focused on showcasing a model for other government offices to emulate best practices in regards to workplace support for breastfeeding.
This is in line with the BBPC initiative and anchored on the Health Act, 2017 through which sections (71) and (72) that requires all employers to establish a lactation station at their workplaces as well as allow flexi-time working arrangement including up to an hour of breastfeeding or expressing breastmilk within an eight-hour working schedule.
Speakers at the event acknowledged the importance of breastfeeding and the role of the employers in supporting breastfeeding women to balance work and child care. Mabati Rolling Mills and Eka Hotel represented the private sector by showcasing their best practices on this subject affirming some of the benefits for the employers such as improved productivity and attrition.
Speaking at the event, Mabati Rolling Mills employee Ms. Winnie Ngomba appreciated the contribution of Dr. Manu Chandaria in championing this cause thus improving their working environment to objectively accommodate breastfeeding women.