Duration: December 2013 to May 31, 2017
In April 2013, Alive & Thrive hosted a regional meeting to share Viet Nam’s successful experience in extending paid maternity leave and expanding the ban on advertising of breastmilk substitutes. Seven countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Viet Nam) emerged from this meeting as members of a regional three-year initiative. The focus of the initiative is strengthening the regional and national policy environment for breastfeeding, particularly national codes of marketing of breastmilk substitutes, maternity entitlements, and health systems strengthening. Alive & Thrive is working in partnership with UNICEF’s regional office in Bangkok and Save the Children’s regional office in Singapore.
In a workshop in March 2014, the country teams articulated specific policy goals and developed road maps to enable policy change built around the policy change process that proved effective in Viet Nam. Activities will include stakeholder analysis, opinion leader research, media audits, development of country-specific policy briefs and other advocacy materials, identification and training of champions, and consensus-building meetings and events.
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