Implementing the global strategy on infant and young child feeding

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A mother breastfeeds her baby as the grandmother looks on. Myanmar.

The “Global Strategy on Infant and Young Child Feeding,” was approved by the World Health Assembly of WHO in May 2002.  In September 2002, the Global Strategy was endorsed by the UNICEF Executive Board as the foundation for UNICEF's action in support of optimal infant and young child feeding for survival, growth and development of children worldwide.  

It is reflective of rights-based, lifecycle programming, recognition of gender needs, supportive of the mother and family, and directly improving early childhood survival, growth and development.

These activities support the World Fit for Children:

UNICEF efforts will recognize children’s and families’ rights and responsibilities and include suggested proven activities for advocacy and support of government and non-governmental actions at three levels: National Commitment, Health Care Improvements, and Community.

1. Develop Multi-sectoral National Commitment by:

2.  Implement Health Services and Training Reform (Baby-Friendly Health Care):
Develop and maintain Baby-Friendly Health Care (BFHC) by: 

3.  Provide Communications/Community/Social Advocacy Programming by:

4. Address Cross-cutting and Partnership Issues:
This includes building capacity, monitoring and evaluation, and provision of guidance on feeding infants and young children in exceptionally difficult circumstances and on the related support required by mothers, families, and other caregivers, in unstable situations such as in families/communities living with HIV/AIDS or in manmade or natural emergencies.


 

 

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