UNICEF and WHO launch a new Global Breastfeeding Collective!
On 1 August 2017, to mark the beginning of World Breastfeeding Week 2017, the World Health Organization and UNICEF launched the Global Breastfeeding Collective along with two new reports. The Collective is a partnership of non-governmental organisations, academic institutions and donors that aim to accelerate progress towards international breastfeeding targets.
The target, part of the World Health Assembly Global Targets for maternal, infant and young child nutrition, calls for at least a 50 per cent rate of exclusive breastfeeding by 2025. The Collective’s mission is to rally political, legal, financial and public support for breastfeeding, which will benefit mothers, children and society.
What if governments had a proven, cost-effective way to save babies’ lives, reduce rates of malnutrition, support children’s health, increase educational attainment and grow productivity? They do: It’s called breastfeeding. And it is one of the best investments nations can make in the lives and futures of their youngest members – and in the long-term strength of their societies.”
Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director and Chair of the SUN Movement Lead Group.
Tracking Progress for Breastfeeding Policies and Programmes: Global breastfeeding scorecard 2017
The Global Breastfeeding Scorecard analyses indicators on how countries protect, promote and support breastfeeding through funding or policies. The Scorecard includes Country profiles and World maps to display data.
The scorecard shows that worldwide, performance on recommended policies and programmes for breastfeeding is poor. No country is highly compliant on all indicators, illustrating that substantial progress on all fronts is needed. , countries are not adequately protecting, promoting, or supporting breastfeeding.
In conclusion, countries are not adequately protecting, promoting, or supporting breastfeeding.
Nurturing the Health and Wealth of Nations: The Investment Case for Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is one of the smartest investment a country can make to build its future prosperity. It has the power to save the lives of women and children throughout the world, and the power to help national economies grow through lower health care costs and smarter work forces. Yet many societies are failing to adequately support women to breastfeed, and as a result, the majority of the world’s children—along with a majority of the world’s countries—are not able to reap the full benefits of breastfeeding.
In order to meet the World Health Assembly target of increasing the percentage of children under 6 months of age who are exclusively breastfed to at least 50 percent by 2025, an additional $5.7 billion is required. This investment translates to just $4.70 per newborn.
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