The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the importance of protecting optimal nutrition, including breastfeeding, to improve child health and survival. Formula manufacturers are exploiting the panic and fears of contagion to intensify their aggressive marketing practices. In this context, government action to regulate the marketing of breast-milk substitutes has never been greater. The International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes and subsequent relevant World Health Assembly resolutions (“the Code”) spell out key legal safeguards against industry practices that undermine breastfeeding.
The World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, and the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) will launch the 2020 Status Report that highlights which countries have implemented measures required by the Code. Given the important role of health workers in protecting pregnant women, mothers and their infants from inappropriate promotion of breast-milk substitutes, the 2020 report provides an extensive analysis of legal measures taken to prohibit promotion to health workers and in health facilities.
Join us for the online launch of the 2020 Status Report. The event will describe why governments should pay particular attention to protecting families and discuss the challenges in the context of COVID.
Moderator: Chris van Tulleken, Medical professional and a presenter with the BBC.
• Zsuzsana Jakab, Deputy Directory General, WHO
• Sanjay Wijesekera, Program Director, UNICEF
• Xaviera Cabada, IBFAN Mexico
• Laurence Grummer-Strawn, Department of Nutrition and Food Safety, WHO
• Nia Umar, Indonesian Breastfeeding Mothers Association
• Eva Edwards, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Nigeria
• Charlotte Wright, University of Glasgow
Available languages: English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.