November 2015

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The new smartphone app can be downloaded on any Android device, and allows instant access to 8 interactive monitoring forms, including the “Quick and Easy” Form. Monitors can collect and report evidence of violations and unethical practices instantaneously through the smartphone app, and evidence is directly sent to IBFAN-ICDC’s database....

We anticipate that in the near future, many will be approached by the Breastfeeding Friendly Country Index Project, developed by The Yale School of Public Health in partnership with the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation of Zug, Switzerland. ICDC would like to highlight that the sponsoring Foundation is also the owner of Medela, a breast pump manufacturer and a violator of the International Code....

As a result of monitoring submitted by ICDC voluntary monitors, ICDC was able to blow the whistle against blatant violations of the Cambodian Law which gives effect to the Code but remains largely unenforced. ...

In an article in the Dutch daily, De Volkskrant, on 27 August 2015, the FrieslandCampina cooperative explains its huge earnings during the first 6 months of 2015. Its profits came to Euro 192 million, 85% more than during the same period last year. While farmers are earning less on raw milk and orders from China are down, the company is earning “spectacular profits” on dairy products such as baby milks. “Although milk prices are down…. we can make money by adding value to products.”...

From August 31 to 2 September, ICDC and IBFAN LAC jointly organised a training course for 33 participants from 16 Latin American countries. The training, made possible with funding from UNICEF and PAHO and was held at the UNICEF Regional Office in Panama City....

IBFAN-ICDC launched the new Code Monitoring Kit in Panama City on 31 August, at a Regional Code Implementation Course held by ICDC and IBFAN LAC, with the support of UNICEF and PAHO....