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40th anniversary of the international code of marketing breastmilk substitutes

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Joint statement from Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director and Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General In 1981, health officials from around the world gathered at the World Health Assembly to address aggressive marketing tactics by the infant and young child feeding industry, which was promoting formula...

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Disruptions in health services due to COVID-19 may have contributed to additional child and maternal deaths in South Asia

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Drastic cuts in the availability and use of essential public health services across South Asia due to COVID-19 may have contributed to an estimated 228,000 additional child deaths in 2020, according to a new United Nations report. Around 11,000 additional maternal deaths are also expected. Clinics and...

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Guatemala provides food assistance to vulnerable people in remote locations backed by UN agencies

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* A story written by L. Alejandro Arriola and originally published by the World Food Programme Launched in 2019 by the Guatemalan Food and Nutrition Security Secretariat and the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance, the initiative was expanded last year across the regions where...

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Kangaroo Mother Care Impact Bond supports neonatal nutrition in Cameroon

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  A blog written by: Hortance Manjo (KMC DIB Programme Manager) and Marie-Alphie Dallest (Social Finance) The Kangaroo Mother Care Development Impact Bond (DIB) aims to reduce neonatal mortality and morbidity by scaling up Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) practice in public hospitals across Cameroon. At present, for...

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Baby Friendly Community Initiative: promoting optimal maternal, infant and young child nutrition in The Gambia

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The Baby Friendly Community Initiative (BFCI) programme is a comprehensive nutrition and health education package developed by the National Nutrition Agency (NaNA) to improve the health and nutritional status of communities. The concept of the BFCI is based on the UNICEF/WHO global strategic initiative of the...

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How broader nutrition-based coordination tackles cultural taboos and empowers women in Sri Lanka

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* Originally published by the UN Network for SUN From December 2018 to March 2020, the World Food Program (WFP), part of the UN [nutrition] Network (UNN) in Sri Lanka, and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), joined forces to launch the Community Health Advanced through...

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Tajikistan commits to 1,000 Golden Days Strategy to improve nutrition and development outcomes among children

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The Government of Tajikistan has approved a social and behaviour change strategy to reduce stunting and improve the health outcomes of children nationwide. The strategy is the first national social and behavior change strategy to be adopted officially in the nation, developed with the participation...

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