IBFAN Africa's goal is to improve the well-being of women and children through contributing to the reduction of under-fives morbidity and mortality rates and improving maternal health.
Improved infant and young child feeding (IYFC) practices could prevent deaths of 1.5 million children under the age of 5 years every year and save more than 200 million from the life-long debilitating effects of stunting and severe malnutrition (WHO Sixty-third World Health Assembly WHA63.23, Agenda item 11.6). Improved IYCF can also contribute to achieving Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) 3, 5 and 6 and MDG 4 in particular.
IBFAN Africa does not use one single approach to achieve its goal but rather uses a variety of strategies and initiatives.
The birth and growth of IBFAN have really been great milestones; 34 years ago IBFAN was formed with the aim of protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding as a global network. A lot has been achieved over the years especially given the fact that the infant food industry has been aggressively expanding its markets depriving many babies and their mothers of the benefits of breastfeeding. We must be motivated and continue the battle for the rights of our infants to the highest attainable nourishment for them and their mothers’ right to feed their children as they wish.
As IBFAN adds yet another year of commitment, IBFAN Africa would like to wish all IBFANers and Breastfeeding Advocates a happy 34th Anniversary and many more victories for our children; our future.