Brief, Policy advocacy

BMS Advocacy Briefs

09 Aug 19
Topic(s): BMS Code, Breastfeeding
Location: Nigeria
Language(s): English
Audience: Employers, Health and service providers, Policy makers and legislators, Program designers and implementers
Organization: Alive & Thrive
Programs: Policy advocacy
Category: Policy advocacy

These briefs provide guidance to various stakeholders on the enforcement of the Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes in Nigeria.

In 1981, the World Health Assembly (WHA) adopted a resolution for member countries to implement a Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes (The Code) in response to concerns from member states about a rise in infant mortality as a result of promotion of infant formula. The Code is aimed at protecting and promoting optimal infant and young child feeding by controlling inappropriate marketing of breast milk substitutes (BMS). The Code covers products such as infant formula, follow-on formula, growing-up milk, and other related products. Nigeria was a signatory to the adoption of the Code in 1981 and has enacted legislation and developed National Regulations in line with the provisions of the Code.