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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.

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 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.

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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.

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