IBFAN Africa 9th Regional Conference theme: "Prevention and Management of Chronic Malnutrition through Appropriate IYCF Practices." IBFANers are urged to source funds for participation in the Regional Conference to be held in Uganda. The conference which was earmarked for September/October 2014 has now been postponed to 2015 ; exact dates will be communicated in due course. Keep on visiting this site for more details.
FAO/WHO Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2)
Place: FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
Date: 19–21 November 2014
The aim of ICN2 is to create consensus on how to address major nutrition challenges—including undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies and overweight—with a view to achieving the global nutrition targets by 2025 set by the World Health Assembly.
A key goal is to achieve coherence between food supply and public health policies, as they both contribute to food and nutrition security. Participants will also examine the best ways of scaling up proven interventions for tackling all forms of malnutrition.
ICN2 will identify public policy priorities at the national and global levels. It will be the first high-level intergovernmental conference on nutrition since the first International Conference on Nutrition was organized by FAO and WHO in 1992.
Participants will include experts from food and agriculture, health and other sectors as well as United Nations agencies and other intergovernmental organizations, civil society, researchers, the private sector and consumer associations.
Correction Message: We announce an error to WHISLTEBLOWING article – here is the corrected version!
To Our Visitors: The previous posted Article on Whistleblowing had an error due to formatting of the original article by the website administrator which made some parts of the article incoherent. We heartily apologize for the inconvenience caused and to the author, Dr Yasmine Motarjemi. Thank you. A correct version of the article as well as a link to the journal is now provided.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. –Mahatma Gandhi
The Council of Europe defines a whistleblower as “any person who reports or discloses information on a threat or harm to the public interest in the context of their work-based relationship, whether public or private.” The term reports, refers to internal reporting within an organization or enterprise, while the term discloses refers to reporting to an outside authority or to the public.
Fortified Milks for Children”, what are they? Are they not a health risk for older infants and young children? Why did the World Health Assembly Resolution (WHA 39.28) state that so-called follow-up milks are not necessary for young children?
To find out answers to these questions read: Helen Crawley and Susan Westland‘s very informative and comprehensive report on Follow Up Formula: “Fortified milks for Children – A worldwide review of fortified milks for children over 1 year of age”,
Dr Helen Crawley is a dietician and public health nutritionist with over 30 years experience in public health nutrition across the lifespan. Her work has involved promoting good nutrition for vulnerable population groups.
Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 8 September: Oscar-winning director, Danis Tanovic, took to the stage to resounding applause following the screening of Tigers, his new 90-minute fact-based drama, and revealed that the character played by Emraan Hashmi, called Ayan in the film, was actually in the theatre. Syed Aamir Raza, the former Nestlé formula salesman, and his wife Shafqat, took on the world’s largest food company when they realized that babies were dying as a result of aggressive marketing. They joined the director, producers and stars on stage to a standing ovation.Read more...
IBFAN Africa is very happy to share the exciting news about the release of a 90 minute movie film called Tigers by Oscar-winning director, Danis Tanovic. Baby Milk Action (IBFAN Europe) and others were consultants to the film producers. The film has been chosen to have its World Premiere in Canada at the Toronto Film Festival (TIFF) on 8th September. It will also have a European Premiere at the San Sebastian International Film Festival in Spain (19 - 27 September).
‘Tigers’ is a dramatized telling of the real story of a medical sales representative who sold baby milks in Pakistan. The events are set within a back story taken from the perspective of the filmmakers, showing the difficulties of getting the film to the screen. Here is a taster from the TIFF programme notes.Read more...
IBFAN Africa is pleased to share these draft guidelines from ENN on infant feeding in the context of Ebola.
Since the onset of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in the first half of 2014, several concerns have been raised about infant feeding and about nutritional care for patients. Guidance was required but no guidance on these issues existed. The crafting of guidance is challenging since on key issues, little evidence is available. This document is based on the best available information and will be updated as more evidence and experience from the field will become available.Read more...
IBFAN Africa is very happy to share the very first General Comment of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) on article 30 of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child entitled “Children of Incarcerated and Imprisoned Parents and Primary Care Givers.”
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The Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) initiative: IBFAN’s concern about the role of businesses
The INTERNATIONAL BABY FOOD ACTION NETWORK (IBFAN) is a 33 year-old global network that works to protect, promote and support breastfeeding and food-based complementary feeding, in realization of a child’s right to health and adequate food. IBFAN is committed to working with governments, the United Nations and other organisations to address child survival and to draw the world’s attention to strategies that tackle malnutrition in a just, equitable and sustainable way, giving priority to peoples’ ability to produce and access nutritious foods locally.
Breastfeeding and child survival, the most effective intervention gets the least attention
Breastfeeding tops the list of effective preventive interventions for child survival. Together with appropriate complementary feeding these two have more impact even than immunization, safe water and sanitation.There is no food more locally produced, affordable and sustainable than breastmilk. Breastfeeding reduces the risk of diarrhea, chest infections (the biggest killers of children) and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and cancers. It is also an important factor in child spacing for the millions of women who have no access to modern forms of contraception.In the second year of life breastfeeding can provide 29% of energy requirements, 43% of protein, 75% of Vitamin A, 76% of Folate, 94% of vitamin C. An analysis by Action Against Hunger (ACF) show that breastfeeding is the 3rd least popular intervention in terms of funding and that product-based micronutrient interventions are now dominating the nutrition scene.