IBFAN ICDC | Protect breastfeeding and babies
ICDC, part of the global International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN), operates from the IBFAN Penang office, based in Malaysia. ICDC advises the leading organizations in child health: UNICEF, WHO, and the global IBFAN network.
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Protecting Breastfeeding

 

The International Code Documentation Centre (ICDC) protects breastfeeding by implementing the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes. Our aim is to ensure the right of mothers to make infant feeding decisions free from commercial pressures.

 

Helping Governments Implement the
International Code of Marketing of
Breastmilk Substitutes

 

We work with governments to draft and adopt laws based on the International Code, monitor the marketing practices of baby milk manufacturers, and train health workers, and breastfeeding advocates on the Code.

 

We provide Code advocacy and drafting training, and give legal advice to governments, infant health agencies, and NGOs. As at December 2015, we have contributed directly and indirectly to 77 countries in implementing all or many of the provisions of the International Code into national legislation.

 

Monitoring and Publishing Code Violations

 

Despite ICDC’s success, so much work remains. Around the world, many countries still lack legal protection from marketing practices, or lack monitoring programs that ensure marketing practices comply with enacted provisions.

 

Unchecked, manufacturers of baby milks and food continue to violate Code provisions by marketing their products to mothers directly, or through health-care workers, with the end result being increased infant morbidity and mortality.

SCRUTINISING THE 2018 WHA RESOLUTION ON IYCF: HOW TO SALVAGE?

 

The 71st World Health Assembly (21-26 May, 2018) has generated much controversy, especially around the latest infant and young child feeding resolution. Prior to the WHA, representatives from IBFAN (Baby Milk Action, INFACT Canada, and GIFA) participated in the 142nd WHO Executive Board meeting in January, and along the way provided technical support to Member States on drafting a resolution that aimed to protect optimal infant and young child feeding. Initially led by Ecuador, Member States had four meetings and eventually established a draft consensus text before the WHA that aimed to safeguard 5 critical areas – the Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), implementation and monitoring of Code and relevant WHA resolutions, WHO Guidance on ending inappropriate promotion of foods for infants and Young children (the 2016 WHO Guidance), appropriate infant and young child feeding in emergencies, and conflicts of interest in nutrition programmes.

 

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