Old Tricks, New Opportunities: How Companies Violate the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes and Undermine Maternal and Child Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic (Ching, C., 2021. Int'l Journal of Environmental Research and Pub Hth)
An analysis reveals that breastmilk substitutes companies are using health claims, misinformation about breastfeeding, digital marketing, and promotional tactics such as donations and services to capitalize on families’ COVID-19 fears to undermine breastfeeding and sell products.
In Viet Nam, Alive & Thrive has worked with a variety of stakeholders to develop “Centers of Excellence for Breastfeeding” — a designation conferred upon hospitals to signify that they are breastfeeding-friendly.
Human milk banks in the response to COVID-19: a statement of the regional human milk bank network for Southeast Asia and beyond
This statement from the Regional Human Milk Bank Network for Southeast Asia and Beyond examines the insufficient guidance on the use of donor human milk and the role of human milk banks in in clinical management guidelines for COVID-19 pandemic response.
This examination of the Viet Nam’s first Human Milk Bank (HMB)’s first four years analyzes characteristics in the HMB donors, donation, pasteurization, and recipients, demonstrating efficiency and operational improvements in donor recruitment, milk quality, and patients served.
The yearly financing need of providing paid maternity leave in the informal sector in Indonesia (Siregar, A., 2021. International Breastfeeding Journal)
Study results reveal that yearly financing needs to provide maternity cash transfers (MCT) for women of reproductive age (WRA) in the informal sector would not exceed .5% of Indonesian GDP and could provide significant public health savings and partially alleviate the economic cost of not breastf