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Implementing the International Code of Breast-milk Substitutes in Countries: Time to Accelerate Action

Implementing the International Code of Breast-milk Substitutes in Countries: Time to Accelerate Action

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Dr Nigel Rollins
Scientist, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health, WHO

Dr Laurence Grummer-Strawn
Technical Officer, Nutrition for Health and Development, WHO

Dr Francesco Branca
Director, Nutrition for Healthy Development, WHO

Ms. Marilena Viviani
Director, Geneva Liaison Office, Public Partnership Division, UNICEF

Mr Mike Brady
Campaigns and Networking Coordinator, Baby Milk Action/IBFAN

WHO, UNICEF and IBFAN have prepared the first joint global report on the status of the Code of Breast-milk Substitutes in 194 countries. The report presents the legal status of the Code, including to what extent Code provisions have been incorporated in national legal measures and provides key information on the efforts made by countries to monitor and enforce the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding through the establishment of formal mechanisms.

In addition, to enhance support to countries for International Code implementation, WHO has formed a network of UN, civil society and academic organizations named NetCode. This partnership is developing protocols and tools for Code monitoring and enforcement, providing direct technical assistance to countries, and advocating for complete adherence to the International Code of Breast-milk Substitutes.

Refreshments will be provided at 5pm.

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