Max Foundation Bangladesh observed World Breastfeeding Week

From the 1st to 7th of August, Max Foundation Bangladesh observed World Breastfeeding Week. This annual event – initiated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) – has been organized successfully in Bangladesh since 2010 by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), Institute of Public Health and Nutrition (IPHN) and other stakeholders.  This year’s theme: breastfeeding – a key to sustainable development.

Breastfeeding is one of the most effective – and cost-effective – ways to save and improve the lives of children everywhere, yielding lifelong health benefits for infants and their mothers. But there is more: increasingly it is clear that breastfeeding is not only the cornerstone of a child’s healthy development; it is also the foundation of a country’s development. Recent evidence shows that there is a strong link between investing in breastfeeding and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The World Breastfeeding Week 2016 aimed to raise awareness of the links between breastfeeding and the Sustainable Development Goals. Max Foundation Bangladesh – along with the PNGOs – observed the week both at national and local level.

At national level, Max Foundation was present at the inaugural session on August 2nd at Osmany Milonaiton (Dhaka), where the Minister for Health and Family Welfare of Bangladesh, Mr. Mohammed Nasim was invited as chief guest. Max Foundation also participated in the Nutrition Fair, which was organized on the same day for organizations working on issues such as Nutrition, Breastfeeding, Complementary Feeding, etc. Mr. Mohammed Nasim – along with other dignitaries – visited Max Foundation’s stand at the fair. Almost one thousand participants attended this national event.

On local level, Partner NGOs (PNGOs) of Max Foundation observed World Breastfeeding Week in their project areas. At Kurigram Municipality, our local partner organized an event together with the Civil Surgeon Office (CSO). A colourful rally was organized to raise awareness of World Breastfeeding Week in the area. After the rally, a discussion session took place at the Office of Civil Surgeon, which was attended by medical officers of the Sadar Hospital. A similar event was organized at the Aungkur community. A rally was inaugurated by a respected women leader of the Community Support Group (CSG) and also present were CSG leaders, ante- and postnatal care counsellors, lactating mothers, mothers in law, adolescent girls and male family members. After the rally a discussion took place at the Dulgram Health and Family Welfare Centre.

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