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Enabling Mothers to Breastfeed: What needs to be Done

Based on the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding adopted by WHO/UNICEF the need to invest in babies identifies what governments and funders must do to protect, promote...

Why Invest in Breastfeeding

The WHO champions optimal breastfeeding as one of the most effective ways to ensure fundamental health and development of children. Breastfeeding reduces diarrhoea, pneumonia and newborn disease and deaths. Breastfeeding...

What is Optimal Breastfeeding

 Mothers breastfeed within one hour of birth. Babies are breastfeed exclusively for six months of life, meaning no water or food supplements. Breastfeeding is CONTINUED after six months for two years or...

The IBFAN Team at the World Health Assembly in Geneva (19th-25th May 2014)

The Regional Coordinator Joyce Chanetsa was honored to be part of the IBFAN Team at the sixty-seventh World Health Assembly that took place in Geneva from 19-25 May 2014. The...

The IBFAN Team at the Community - IYCF Counselling Training in Ethiopia

IBFAN Africa coordinated a 6 and half day training for mentoring of IBFAN Facilitators and Ethiopian Master Trainers to organize and conduct Training of Trainers (ToT) and Training of IYCF...

IBFAN approved, access to WHO’s policy setting process

(From left to right, Lida Lhotska, IBFAN Regional Coordinator for Europe, Dr Francesco Branca, Director, WHO Department for Nutrition and Health Development Dr Elizabeth Mason, Director, WHO Department of Maternal, Newborn,...

Codex: IBFAN and IACFO Comments on the India proposal for foods for Underweight children.

  IBFAN and the International Association of Consumer Food Organisations (IACFO) have sent comments on the eWorking Group cochaired by Botswana and India,  on a proposal, first made by India in...

IBFAN calls for a review of UN and other programmes using commercial Ready-to-use Therapeutic Foods and supplements following two new Cochrane reviews.

Two new systematic reviews [1,2] by the Cochrane Collaboration, recognized as the international benchmark for evaluating the effectiveness of health interventions, have found that flour porridge prepared from enriched blended...

WHO DG, Dr Margaret Chan, exposes industry tactics

TDr Margaret Chan, WHO's Director-General at the 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion  Helsinki, Finland 10 June 2013 made an excellent speech. "Efforts to prevent noncommunicable diseases go against the business interests of...

Infant feeding and obesity

Recent studies have revealed that children predominantly bottle-fed have a higher risk of early childhood obesity, compared to children who are breastfed. Also children who are obese are likely to...

Ronald McDonald and Tony the Tiger submit CVs at WHA

After years of selling burgers, fries and sugary breakfast cereal to children around the globe, Ronald McDonald and Tony the Tiger are in Geneva at the World Health Assembly to...

The World Breastfeeding Conference 2012

The World Breastfeeding Conference took place in New Delhi in December 2012. It brought together more than 800 representatives of civil society, governments, international organisations, breastfeeding groups, social movements and...

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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.

Key goals

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's Goal

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.

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World Breastfeeding Week 2014 slogan and theme: BREASTFEEDING: A Winning Goal for Life!

The theme asserts the importance of increasing and sustaining the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding - in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) countdow, and beyond. 

WBW 2014 Objectives are:

  1. To inform people about the MDGs and how they relate to Breastfeeding and Infant and Young Child Feeding.
  2. To showcase the progress made so far and the key gaps in Breastfeeding and Infant and Young Child Feeding.
  3. To call attention to the importance of STEPPING UP actions to protect, promote and support breastfeeding as a key intervention in the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) countdown, and in the post 2015 era.
  4. To stimulate interest amongst young people of both genders to see the relevance of breastfeeding in today's changing world.

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