January 5, 2017 — Alive & Thrive (A&T) recently presented at the 2nd World Breastfeeding Conference, December 11–14 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The conference, which was co-hosted by South Africa’s Department of Health and the International Baby Food Action Network, provided an opportunity for nutrition policymakers and stakeholders to analyze the progress made in improving breastfeeding rates globally and the barriers that remain.
The conference, which included participants from nearly 70 countries, also aimed to review progress against the maternal, infant and young child nutrition (MIYCN) targets established by the 65th World Health Assembly in May of 2012. At the conference’s conclusion, the participants established a set of 12 action items to prioritize, including raising awareness and ensuring community involvement in monitoring of the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes, strengthening systems for mothers returning to work or school, and establishing publicly funded monitoring systems to provide feedback on the implementation of breastfeeding and IYCF programming.
A&T’s Program Director for Southeast Asia, Roger Mathisen, delivered the conference’s keynote address on global actions towards nutrition improvements, as well as additional presentations on infant and young child feeding programming in the context of the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes; A&T results and learnings from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Viet Nam; and breastfeeding in the workplace. A&T’s Program Director for Ethiopia, Dr. Yewelsew Abebe, presented on using behavior change to scale up breastfeeding interventions.
For more information, please view their presentations here.