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May 31 2021

In Part 1 of a four-part series on the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the Code, David Clark discusses what's at stake: the past 40 years have only confirmed, again and again, that there is no substitute for breastmilk. The lives of millions of infants and children and their mothers and, indeed, all members of of societies around the world, are harmed by inappropriate marketing of breastmilk substitutes.
Kathy Shats

May 31 2021

Kathy Shats is UNICEF's new legal specialist charged with providing legal technical assistance to support development of legal measures to address overweight and obesity, as well as on the implementation of the International Code of the Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes. She sat for a brief interview to discuss her new role.

May 31 2021

As the International Code of the Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes marks its 40th year, it’s inescapable that the marketing of these products remains pervasive and the companies are raking in profits. What’s going on? How is a public health crisis going on right in front of us, eluding resolution?

May 27 2021

Mark your calendar and save the date: Join the #BMSCodeAt40 Twitter Chat. Wednesday, June 2 at 11 AM EST / 15:00 GMT

May 19 2021

Manufacturers of breastmilk substitutes are routinely violating rules on the marketing of their products, regularly promoting them to health workers and mothers at health facilities across Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, according to an Alive & Thrive-supported study employing aspects of the WHO NetCode protocol. The study was conducted in partnership with the Government of Cote d’Ivoire.

May 19 2021

New national guidelines on implementing the baby-friendly initiative in Nigeria are close to final after a two-year effort led by the Federal Ministry of Health with support from Alive & Thrive and UNICEF.
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May 19 2021

A set of new counseling cards for health workers and scripts to be broadcast on community radio will help facilitate conversations about the importance of exclusive breastfeeding in communities across Burkina Faso, using insights from Alive & Thrive and UNICEF research about why caregivers give babies water during the first six months of life.

May 18 2021

Chad has launched "Stronger With Breastmilk Only," the regional exclusive breastfeeding initiative, becoming the eighth country to do so in the West and Central Africa.

May 18 2021

On the eve of World Day of Human Milk Donation, Viet Nam reached an important milestone: four years after the country’s first human milk bank (HMB) was established, Viet Nam adopted national guidelines for HMB and the HMB service network.
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May 18 2021

More than 100 inspectors from 20 of Cambodia’s 25 provinces received training on monitoring violations of the International Code of the Marketing of Breastmilk Substitute (BMS) by the Consumer Protection Competition and Fraud Repression (CCF) agency of Cambodia with technical assistance from Helen Keller International (HKI) and Alive & Thrive.
 
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