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The second assessment is now underway. It will run throughout this year and be launched in 2024.
What is the WBTi?
The World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi) is a human rights-based, evidence-informed, collaborative and participatory national assessment of the implementation of key policies and programmes from the WHO’s Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding, and is a project developed by the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN). Currently nearly 100 countries are taking part.
WBTI Indicators of Policy and Programmes
- National policy, programme, and coordination
- Baby Friendly Initiative
- International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes
- Maternity protection in the workplace
- Health professional training
- Community based support
- Information support and communications
- Infant feeding and HIV
- Infant and young child feeding during emergencies
- Monitoring and evaluation
In 2016, the UK scored just 50.5/ 100 on these ten key policy indicators.
WBTi brings together the main government agencies, health professional bodies, and civil society organisations involved in infant and maternal health and nutrition in each country to work together to collect information, identify gaps and generate recommendations for action. This Core Group must be free of conflicts of interest from the baby feeding industry (all infant or toddler milks up to 3 years, baby foods, bottles or teats).
The Global Breastfeeding Collective, led by WHO and UNICEF, recommend that the WBTi process be repeated, at least every 5 years, to monitor implementation of key policies, and include this in each country’s score on the Global Breastfeeding Scorecard.
Many volunteers contributed to the success of the first UK WBTI assessment in 2016.
Your contribution is valuable, large or small:
- Social media
- Graphic design
- Freedom of Information requests.
- Mapping infant feeding training standards
- Auditing numbers of breastfeeding counsellors and peer supporters
- Project management
- Virtual assistant skills
- Parliamentary research
- and more
You can find the main WBTi UK 2016 Report Part 1, and Part 2 with supplementary material, with Report Cards for each of the four nations and for the UK overall, here: https://ukbreastfeeding.org/wbtiuk2016/
Facebook: Breastfeeding – WBTi
Facebook page on emergencies: Safely Fed UK – Infant Feeding in Emergencies
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