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


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

A world …

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

  • 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.
birth of ibfan
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

ibfan works on seven principles
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.
about ibfan asia pacific
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.
  • 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.


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.