WHO stresses long-term benefits of breastfeeding

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Mother breastfeeding

The World Health Organization (WHO) says breast-milk is the best source of nourishment for infants and young children. Although nearly all mothers are physically able to breastfeed, the agency says many are discouraged from doing so because they are misled to believe that infant formula is better for their babies. WHO has released a study for World Breastfeeding Week, (1-7 August) which finds only a few countries fully implement an international code that aims to curb aggressive marketing of breast milk substitutes to new mothers. Dianne Penn asked Dr. Maria del Carmen Casanovas, a Technical Officer at WHO in Geneva, why it appears that countries do not support the 20-year old code.

A victim of gender based violence in Mali tells her story

Fatoumata Traoré

Fighting between Government forces and rebels in the northern part of Mali, which started early last year, has caused insecurity, instability and a growing refugee crisis. The Human Rights Council says human rights violations were committed by rebels and other organized transnational crime networks, particularly in the north of the country. These abuses included violence against women and children. Today, Beng Poblete-Enriquez tells you the story of Fatoumata, who is one of the victims of the atrocities.

Malnourished children in northern Nigeria get community-based treatment

A baby is tested for malnutrition at the health centre

Nigeria's rates of childhood stunting and wasting are among the highest in the world particularly in the north of the country, according to the UN Children's Agency (UNICEF). In many cases, these conditions can be life threatening if not treated properly. In 2009, in collaboration with the Nigerian Government, UNICEF started a pilot project called the Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM). This programme is based on research recommending treatment of malnourished children in their home communities, instead of going to far-off hospitals or health clinics which often comes with enormous costs for the family.

Presenter: Beng Poblete-Enriquez
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00"

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