The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) is a global network of individuals
& organisations concerned with the protection, promotion & support of breastfeeding worldwide.
WABA action is based on the Innocenti Declaration, the Ten Links for Nurturing the Future and the Global Strategy for Infant & Young Child Feeding. WABA is in consultative status with UNICEF & an NGO
in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).
News from secretariat
World Breastfeeding Week: August 1 -7 2008 Mother Support : Going for the Gold
In conjunction with the Olympics next August, WBW 2008 calls for greater support for mothers in achieving the gold standard of infant feeding: breastfeeding exclusively for six months, and providing appropriate complementary foods with continued breastfeeding for up to two years or beyond. For more information on the theme, exciting activities & materials for download, please visit: www.worldbreastfeedingweek.org
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World AIDS Day 2007 Statement from WABA: KEEP THE PROMISE TO HIV-POSITIVE MOTHERS AND THEIR BABIES
A decade of uncertainty has fuelled an agonizing dilemma about the least risky way to feed HIV-exposed babies. Research presented in 2007 finally points conclusively to the need for renewed protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding. More...
World Food Day - 16th October 2007: Saving the lives of 1.3 million babies a year
Anwar Fazal, Chairperson Emeritus of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) states that "Today is World Food Day, and some 3500 babies will die because they were not breastfed. In fact, one child dies every 30 seconds." He added that, "In one year, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) estimates that 1.3 million babies die each year because they were not exclusively breastfed. This is a tragedy that more governments must wake up to". More...
News from around
Making Sense of the Code A 3-in-1 training kit on the international code of
marketing of breastmilk substitutes This “do-it-yourself” training kit was developed drawing on the extensive experience by ICDC, IBFAN and UNICEF in training government officials, health professionals and NGOs. More..
WSF2008: A Global Day of Action and Mobilisation A Call for Action in Favour of the Right to Education for All as a Universal Human Right during the World Social Forum Global Day of Action (26 January 2008). It is people's dignity, initiative and actions that hold the key to the future! More...
Red Ribbon Award: Celebrating Community Leadership and Action on AIDS The award provides a unique opportunity to support and publicize the work of communities who are finding innovative and effective ways to address the AIDS epidemic and secure livelihoods around the world. Deadline for nomination is February 29th, 2008. More...
Nestle children's book prize ends following protests by authors The Nestlé Children's Book Prize in the UK has come to an end by mutual agreement between Nestlé and the Booktrust. Last month, Gold Medal winner, Sean Taylor, publicly refused the Nestlé prize checque, citing concerns over Nestlé's baby food marketing practices. Other authors have spoken out against Nestlé's involvement in past years. For details, please see BMA's press release
"Toxic Plastics Chemical in Infant Formula"
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Report shames lax UK formula marketing regulations as Italy prepares to take action to protect breastfeeding and babies fed on formulas. IBFAN, the International Baby Food Action Network, has released an illustrated report Breaking the Rules, Stretching the Rules 2007 on multinational companies violating rules on marketing adopted by the World Health Assembly (WHA) (1). More...