We organize events all around the globe talking about Breastfeeding
The South African Department of Health (DOH) in collaboration with Save the Children, South African Breastmilk Reserve (SABR), UNICEF and South African Civil Society of Women and Children’s Health (SACSoWACH) which is a coalition of NGOs working on IYCF hosted a special event at Kalafong Hospital to commemorate the WBW.
The event was attended by Dr Motsepe, the First Lady and patron of SACSoWACH, who emphasised the importance of developing local communities who take care of mothers following birth, to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. So that we have breastfeeding friendly society and nation.
IBFAN Uganda supported the Ministry of Health in developing the WBW implementation strategy and the Social Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC). Activities included adaptation and development of WBW campaign materials, participation in media drive which included breakfast meeting with media personnel, radio and television talk shows and market engagement with media and vendors. The national WBW climax was presided over by the Honourable Minister of Health (MOH) in Kiboga District.
IBFAN Uganda conducted and disseminated results on monitoring of the International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes (BMS), relevant WHA Resolutions and the National Food and Drugs Marketing of Infant and Young Child Foods Regulation of Food Regulations 1997.
Innovation: IBFAN Uganda in partnership with Ministry of Health hosted the first National Breastfeeding Run and Health Camp. The chief runner was the Honourable Minister of Health.
IBFANA in collaboration with Eswatini National Nutrition Council and Eswatini Infant and Nutrition Network (SINAN) developed a video based on the theme of 2019 WBW “Empower parents, enable breastfeeding” with emphasis on exclusive breastfeeding and complementary feeding.
The video was shown on the state-of-the-art mobile LED screen at two major public annual events Sibebe Survivor Challenge. The event was is attended by between 5000 – 10,000 people mostly from the cooperate sector.
The “Empower parents, enable breastfeeding” video was also shown at the Eswatini Nutrition Council stall during the annual Eswatini International Trade Fair of which more than 10000 people viewed it over a period of 11 consecutive days.
The funding for flighting the video and advert was co-sponsored by IBFANA and Eswatini Nutrition Council after IBFANA,
Malawi World Breastfeeding Week’ commemoration was supported by GIZ, UNICEF and others. The event was launched by Malawi’s honourable Minister of Health with a fun-fair. seven facilities were awarded Baby Friendly Hospital certificates. Congratulations!
Media coverage was provided by Television, two major newspapers and all radio stations – these consisted of talk and radio shows.
Gambia WBW was launched by Her Excellence, the Vice President of the country who reaffirmed the commitment Gambia government and her people in protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding.
She said the evidence was that all nutrition activities are co-ordinated by her office through National Nutrition Agency (NaNA).
IBFAN Africa with support from GIFA, CoE Human Development, University of Witwatersrand, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital in Nigeria and FHI360 South Africa conducted a pre-conference
workshop which was attended by participants from 22 countries of the 55 that attended the conference.
The participants consisted of International organisations and a wide-range of professionals, post-graduate students and civil society.
IBFAN Africa in partnership with the South Africa Department of Health, hosted the second World Breastfeeding Conference (WBC2) held in Johannesburg. A total of 470 participants from 55 countries world-wide attended the conference. The theme of the conference was “Babies need mom-made, not man-made”.