This blog is one of several published in real time during the live event “nutrition for growth; beating hunger through business and science”. The rest of the blogs can be found by clicking the links at the bottom of the page. Some of those organisations supporting this movement are include The IF campaign, The ONE campaign DFID.
We’ve all just watched Unicef’s moving animation explaining in devastating fashion why the first 1000 days of a child’s life are critical.
A critical message here is that breastfed babies in developing countries are more likely to survive.
It was estimated that reaching over 90 per cent of infants with a package of interventions to protect, promote and support optimal infant and young child feeding practices can contribute to reducing overall child mortality by close to one fifth. Optimal breastfeeding practices, especially exclusive breastfeeding up to 6 months of age, has the single greatest potential impact on child survival, with the potential to prevent 1.4 million under-5 deaths in the developing world (Lancet 2008). A further 6 per cent or close six hundred thousand under five deaths can be prevented by ensuring optimal complementary feeding (Lancet 2003).
And yet, THIS
Why the time to act is now: http://wp.me/p3scvU-lT
Mark Walport: http://wp.me/p3scvU-lR
Ireland remembers: http://wp.me/p3scvU-lN
It’s not difficult to make a difference: http://wp.me/p3scvU-lK
Some bloke called Dave http://wp.me/p3scvU-lr
Unicef’s 1000 Days http://wp.me/p3scvU-lm
Can science end starvation? http://wp.me/p3scvU-lg