Namibia will start an advocacy and awareness campaign to promote “breastfeeding until kids are two years old,” the government said.breastfeeding
The Namibia Ministry of Health and Social Services, assisted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children Fund, launched a workshop to train health officials Tuesday in Windhoek.
This is in line with the International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes adopted by the World Health Assembly in 1981 as a minimum requirement to protect and promote as well as support infant and young children feeding.
The workshop will be facilitated by a team of experts from WHO and UN Children Fund, and brings together health personnel from different regions and ministries linked to the health sector in the country.
The ministry has included the advocacy program in its Public and Environmental Health Bill to ensure support, promotion and protection of breastfeeding babies up to two years.
The program will regulate infant formula manufacturers, shops and pharmacies, and is expected to accelerate the reduction of maternal and child mortality in Namibia.
A statement from the ministry released Monday said although Namibia has made progress in improving the exclusive breastfeeding rate in infants less than six months of age from 23 percent in 2007 to 49 percent in 2013, it is still not sufficient.
“The national infant feeding recommendations states that all infants be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life with continued breastfeeding until two years,” said the health ministry spokesperson, Ester Paulus. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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