It has been estimated that globally, exclusive breastfeeding could reduce 13% of childhood deaths.
Each year, the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) promotes and celebrates World Breastfeeding Week. The theme for this years World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7) is about supporting mothers to breastfeed their babies exclusively for the first six months.
In recognition of World Breastfeeding Week, the Burnet Institute will host a half day symposium to provide an update on breastfeeding promotion, protection and support in developing countries.
The objectives of the symposium will be:
· To provide an update about the importance of support for exclusive breastfeeding in reaching the Millennium Development Goal for child survival (including in the context of HIV infection);
· To discuss the role of community level workers/peers in supporting women to breastfeed optimally in developing countries;
· To discuss the importance of male involvement in breastfeeding support, and strategies for engagement;
· To summarise and share existing evidence and resources around community level support for optimal breastfeeding;
NGO project staff and advisers, academics, consultants, students of public health
Friday August 8th 2008.
1.30 pm – 4.30 pm
Burnet Institute, 85 Commercial Rd, Melbourne (Level 2 Training Room)
RSVP by Monday 4th August to Andrea Eakins.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 9282 2274