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.
IBFAN AFRICA and the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) congratulate all breastfeeding advocates all over the world for consistently celebrating World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) every year!
World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) 2014 is launched this week, 1 – 7 August. The theme “Breastfeeding – A Winning Goal for Life” asserts the importance of increasing and sustaining the Protection, Promotion and Support of Breastfeeding- in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) countdown, and beyond.
Achieving the Millennium Development Goals, especially MDGs 4 “Reduce Child Mortality” and 5 “Improve Maternal Health” requires more support for early initiation, exclusive and continued breastfeeding. Breastfeeding needs to be protected, promoted and supported by ALL. In this respect, we need to build on the successes and as well as address the challenges of the MDG process.Read more...
Observed from 1 to 7 August each year, World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) allows policy makers, health professionals and activists fighting for the promotion and protection of breastfeeding to educate young couples on the importance of providing infants the best start in life. The theme of the 2014 edition is "Breastfeeding: big benefits for life."
The objectives of this week are to affirm the importance of increasing and maintaining the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding, information on breastfeeding and infant and young child. WBW 2014 also aims to highlight the progress made to date, as well as major gaps in breastfeeding and infant and young child to draw attention to the importance of increasing actions to protect, promote and support breastfeeding as a key intervention, and encourages young men and women to understand the relevance of breastfeeding in today's changing world.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.”
World Breastfeeding Week, promoted by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), takes place 1 – 7 August 2014, but this year it is being hijacked by Nestlé in a number of countries. This move by world’s largest baby milk company is described as ‘terribly cynical’ by Baby Milk Action as Nestlé continues to promote its formula with claims such as it is the ‘natural start’ and ‘protects’ babies. Nestlé’s attempt to link with health services to promote breastfeeding has reportedly been rebuffed by some authorities due to the self-evident conflicts of interest. In Portugal, the FNAC retail chain recently removed Nestlé’s First 1000 Days book from stores following complaints. Nestlé was revealed on Monday to be the least ethical company of the last 25 years in a vote of readers of Ethical Consumer magazine.Read more...
IBFAN Africa is pleased to announce the launch of the World Breastfeeding Week (WBW )2014. The theme asserts the importance of increasing and sustaining the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding- in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) countdown, and beyond.
The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) applauds IBFAN AFRICA and its Network for consistently celebrating World Breastfeeding Week (WBW)!
This year WABA celebrates 22 years of coordinating WBW, and asserts the importance of increasing and sustaining the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding in the current Millennium Development Goals countdown, the post 2015 agenda and beyond.
If you are organising an event, please let WABA know by making a PLEDGE for your event, which will be noted on the special Pledge Map on the WBW 2014 website. See the simple Pledge Form here: http://www.worldbreastfeedingweek.org/
We call on all celebrants of WABA World Breastfeeding Week to Protect, Promote and Support Breastfeeding: it is a vital Life-Saving Goal!
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.