April 2017

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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)...