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The WHO Executive Board (EB117), January 23-28 2006, is to consider the following report from Noncommunicable diseases and Mental Health:

  NMH EB117 resolutions:

EB117/29: Implementation of resolutions: progress reports, A: Infant and young child nutrition (resolution WHA58.32)

Following the resolution WHA58.32 and in line with the Global strategy for infant and young child feeding, WHO continues to promote infant and young child feeding as a critical intervention for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, in particular, those relating to eradication of extreme poverty and hunger and to reduction of child mortality. In fact, The importance of exclusive breastfeeding in reducing infant mortality has been strengthened by new evidence from several countries, and a recent trial indicated that community-based counselling on breastfeeding can be effective in improving feeding practices and health outcomes.

This progress report notes several WHO initiatives which are strengthening work to promote infant and young child nutrition, including: support for research on feeding infants of HIV-positive mothers; preparing guidance on adapting complementary feeding to national needs; and new infant and child growth standards to be released in 2006 resulting from the WHO Multicentre Growth Reference Study. Additionally, the report updates on substantive progress in WHO regional offices. For example, the Regional Office for Africa organized four intercountry planning meetings and provided support for training-of-trainer courses on infant feeding counselling in 19 countries. By the end of 2004, over 250 trainers and 2000 health workers had benefited.

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- EB117/29: Impleentation of resolutions: progress reports, A: Infant and young child nutrition (resolution WHA58.32) [pdf 51kb]
- Promoting infant and young child feeding
- Department of Nutrition for Health and Development

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