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.
Of all the things that we feed to our children, breast milk may be the best: custom-designed for each and every baby, locally sourced, available on-demand and free. Yet parents spend about $11.5bn a year on baby formula, an expensive, less healthy and less sustainable substitute.
In an effort to change that, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF have, for the past 20 years, worked to make hospitals around the world more "baby-friendly". This Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative has focused especially on reducing formula use by new mothers. A variety of creative strategies are part of this:
• Educating mothers of the significant benefits of breastfeeding
• Helping new mothers initiate breastfeeding immediately after birth
• Stopping the pernicious distribution of free formula samples which conveys to new mothers that the hospitals support formula as much as or even more than breastfeeding
• Tracking disbursements of formula by nurses to increase staff accountabilityRead more...
IBFAN-ICDC is proud to announceits latest global monitoring report: “Breaking the Rules, Stretching the Rules 2014 (BTR)”
BTR describes evidence of Code violations collected over the period of January 2011 to December 2013. The Rules are the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and subsequent World Health Assembly resolutions (the Code), which are the yardstick to measure compliance by all companies in all countries. This report contains evidence of more than 800 violations from 81 countries.
Entries were submitted by individual monitors and IBFAN groups around the globe. Evidence was compiled, checked and legally analysed using the International Code and subsequent WHA resolutions as minimum standards.
The BTR is available for purchase in one entire report or separately by company.Read more...
"Baby formula ads have made misleading claims for decades, Hong Kong mothers say"
The claim game
“Designed with nutrients to help support brain development to help unlock your child’s learning potential.” – Mead Johnson’s Enfamil A+
“Supports a baby’s well-rounded development through … brain, gastrointestine and immune system.” – Snow Brand’s Smart Baby
“Only Similac contains Intelli-Pro, a unique combination of … important … nutrients to support your baby’s developing brain and eye health.” – Abbott’s Similac Baby
“Scientifically designed to support this critical stage … especially [the] brain, immune system and metabolism.” – Numico’s Nutricia Profutura
“Easy to digest and absorb so your baby can have the complete and balanced nutrition they need for healthy growth.” – Nestle’s Nan Pro
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"A child’s workday typically begins at six in the morning and ends in the evening. Some of the children use chainsaws to clear the forests. Other children climb the cocoa trees to cut bean pods using a machete. These large, heavy, dangerous knives are the standard tools for children on the cocoa farms, which violates international labor laws and a UN convention on eliminating the worst forms of child labor. Once they cut the bean pods from the trees, the children pack the pods into sacks that weigh more than 100 pounds when full and drag them through the forest", Aly Diabate, a former cocoa slave, said, “Some of the bags were taller than me. It took two people to put the bag on my head. And when you didn’t hurry, you were beaten.”
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IBFAN Africa in collaboration with Ministry of Health and Child Welfare in Zimbabwe held a Human Rights Approach to Women and Children’s Health: A case for strong Maternity Protection; Zimbabwe workshop report.
A 2-day workshop was conducted in Bulawayo metropolitan, the second largest city and provincial capital for Matabeleland. There were officials from different ministries representing both the national and provincial office. Also present was a representative of the employers, and finally a very important stakeholder National Social Security Scheme.
The workshop was held in view of contributing to promoting Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment making use of ILO Convention 183; foster efforts to reduce children’s mortality and improving maternal health (MDG’s 3, 4 and 5 respectively), and advocating for stronger implementation of the CRC, IBFAN Africa convened a workshop in Harare, Zimbabwe (December 2013).Read more...
Malawi: Between 1992 and 2010, the average rate of exclusive breastfeeding among infants less than 6 months of age increased from 3% to 71% in Malawi, representing an annual increase of 3-4 percentage points per year. Malawi’s progress on raising exclusive breastfeeding rates has been attributed to strong leadership in support of infant and young child feeding at all levels of government; well-articulated policies and guidelines; integrated services at the community level providing infant and young child feeding support through multiple channels; national advocacy and intensive mass education to increase support for and knowledge of breastfeeding; implementation of baby-friendly hospital initiative and links to prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV programmes.Read more...
Key message of the week
Avoidance of mixed feeding is key to the survival and growth of the child within the first 6 months and this has long term effects of childhood development.
Do we really need to mix feed? No
Risk of Mixed Feeding
Mixed feeding, or giving other liquids and/or foods together with breast milk to infants under 6 months of age, is widespread in many countries. This practice poses risks to an infant’s health because it can increase the chance of their getting diarrhea and other infectious diseases. Mixed feeding, especially giving water or other liquids, can also causes the supply of breast milk to decrease as the baby sucks less at the breast. Babies do not need liquids other than breastmilk, not even water, in the first 6 months as breastmilk contains all the water a baby needs, even in very hot climates.
Mixed feeding increases the risk of mother to child transmission of HIV. Exclusive breastfeeding for up to six months was associated with a three to four fold decreased risk of transmission of HIV compared to mixed feeding breastfeeding in several African studies.
1. Conflicts of interest
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.