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IBFAN Asia Pacific: Way forward…. IMAGINE. Globally…. 10.9 million children under the age of five die annually and majority of these are in Asia. Think. Globally….. Where 1 million babies’ lives are saved every year because their mothers choose to breastfeed. IMAGINE.

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IBFAN Asia Pacific: Way forward…

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  • Globally….

    10.9 million children under the age of five die annually and majority of these are in Asia.

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  • Globally…..

    Where 1 million babies’ lives are saved every year because their mothers choose to breastfeed.

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  • A world …

    Where all babies are breastfed exclusively for 6 months and up to 2 years and beyond.

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  • IBFAN is a global network of more than 200 grassroots and public interest groups working to reduce infant and young child morbidity and mortality.

  • IBFAN aims to improve the health and well being of babies and their families through the protection, promotion and support of optimal infant feeding practices.

  • IBFAN works for the universal and full implementation of ‘International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes’ and relevant World Health Assembly (WHA) resolutions.

  • 1998 Recipient of the Right Livelihood Award.

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Birth of IBFAN

  • IBFAN was founded on October 12th, 1979 after the joint meeting of WHO and UNCEF on infant and young child feeding.

  • IBFAN has completed 25 years celebrated its 25th Birthday anniversary in Oct 2004.

  • Global IBFAN Regional Coordinating Offices:

  • IBFAN Africa 2. IBFAN Arab World

    3. IBFAN Asia Pacific 4. IBFAN Europe

    5. IBFAN Latin America 6. IBFAN-North America

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IBFAN works on Seven Principles….

  • The right of infants everywhere to have the highest level of health.

  • The right of families, and in particular women and children, to have enough nutritious food.

  • The right of women to breastfeed and to make informed choice about infant feeding.

  • The right of women to full support for successful breastfeeding and for sound infant feeding practices.

  • The right of all people to health services which meet basic needs.

  • The right of health workers and consumers to health care systems which are free of commercial pressures.

  • The right of people to organise in international solidarity to secure changes which protect and promote basic health.

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About IBFAN Asia Pacific

  • International Code Documentation Centre (ICDC), Penang has been functioning as Regional Coordinating Office (RCO) of the IBFAN Asia Pacific for several years.

  • In Oct 2001, at the IBFAN networking meeting, participants decided to take action towards a new structure and led to the development of an Interim Council. And in 2003 RCO moved from Penang to Delhi.

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  • Organized Asia Pacific Conference on Breastfeeding.

    500 delegates from 38 countries , led to the Delhi Declaration on Infant and Young Child Feeding

  • Organized Infant Feeding and HIV: A Regional Colloquium for the Asia Pacific

    150 delegates from 29 countries participated, its recommendations have been very crucial in initiating action within government programmes.

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  • Strengthening Infant Feeding & HIV:

  • Organized ‘Regional Colloquium for Asia Pacific Region’.

  • Regional Working Group.

  • Development of Training materials like The 3-in-1 Breastfeeding, Complementary Feeding and Infant Feeding & HIV.

  • Developing National level trainers.

  • Support to other regions like CARK etc.

  • Link with WABA’s Task Force on prevention of infant HIV.

  • Advocacy meetings with UNDP

  • World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi)

  • Development of software toolkit

  • 5 countries in E Asia.

  • 8 countries in S Asia.

  • SEA & Pacific in planning mode.

  • Other regions were considering.

  • Promotion of Global Strategy:

  • Development of materials like documents, CD, PPT etc.

  • Technical support to countries.

  • Strengthening Network:

  • Strengthening sub regions.

  • Organized ‘Asia Pacific Conference on Breastfeeding’.

  • South Asia Breastfeeding Partners Forum.

  • LFA Training.

  • Capacity building grants.

  • Providing technical information by Updates.

  • E-sharing all over the region app. 600 contacts.

  • Sharing network information through Newsletters.

  • Advocacy at International & National level meetings:

  • Advocacy and technical work with UN:

  • - WHO: EB and WHA

  • - UNICEF

  • - UN SCN

  • - UNAIDS and with INGOs

  • Regional Meetings

  • - Ministerial Consultations on Maternal and Child Nutrition.

  • - South Asia Maternal & Neonatal Mortality/ Morbidity Reduction Network.

  • Development of advocacy documents, publishing and dissemination.

IBFAN Asia Pacific

Regional Coordinating Office

  • International Code:

  • 1st International Code training in Korea, EA 5 countries participated.

  • Supported to Code training in Fiji, Pacific.

  • India Act saved from being repealed.

  • Mongolia gets a Law.

  • Pakistan gets a Law.

  • Exclusive Breastfeeding Campaign:

  • PPT

  • Posters

  • Paintings etc.

  • Technical materials sharing.

  • Complementary Feeding:

  • International Workshop on ‘Indigenous Foods for Complementary Feeding’ Southeast Asia.