August 2017

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As part of the celebration of the 50th Founding Anniversary of the ASEAN, the Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines hosted the 2017 ASEAN Breastfeeding Forum and Hakab Na (Latch Now)! on 3 to 5 August 2017 in the City of Manila. The theme of the event was “ASEAN Ugnayan (Connection): One Community Promoting, Supporting, and Protecting Breastfeeding.” DOH believes that human development—specific to the health of infants and young children—has to be addressed to guarantee continued progress of the ASEAN. ...

In April 2017, the National Legislative Assembly of Thailand passed the Control of Marketing of Infant and Young Child Food Act.  This Law gives effect to the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and subsequent WHA resolutions and was a process that took almost 20 years to culminate. IBFAN-ICDC which started working with the Thai breastfeeding groups since the early 1980s can attest to the hard work and commitment that those involved put into the travails of law making....

In June 2017, the regulatory body on free markets in Ecuador imposed a fine exceeding USD 157,000 on the local Nestlé branch. This sanction was imposed for the unauthorised use of the name and emblem of the Ministry of Health of Ecuador on a leaflet about breastmilk substitutes....

Instead of protecting breastfeeding and infant health, Singapore seems more concerned about a surge in formula prices. Just recently, a detailed investigation into formula milk prices by the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) was widely reported in the media in Singapore . The report released by CCS called for a halt on aggressive marketing tactics of formula milks....

After years of lobbying efforts by breastfeeding advocates, the Hong Kong SAR Government has recently decided to revive the stalled marketing code that gives effect to the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes ("Hong Kong Code"). The government plans to the Hong Kong Code into effect around mid-2017 after a lapse of 5 years and several rounds of consultations....

In October 2016, the Council of the UK Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) announced its decision to continue accepting funding from baby food companies to support their activities. This is despite a successful motion adopted at RCPCH’s 2016 AGM for the practice to cease. The decision by the Council of RCPCH, its formal decision making body, is a disappointment to many who look to the UK institution for leadership in matters affecting child health. It sets a bad example for other national health professional associations....

From 17-19 January, IBFAN-ICDC embarked on its first capacity building assignment of year 2017 in Manila, Philippines - one of the earliest countries that adopted the International Code as their national law (Executive Order 51, commonly known as the Milk Code). The Code Monitoring Course was made possible through support from UNICEF Philippines and the coordinating efforts of Department of Health (DoH). (Click Title to Read More)...