IBFANInternational Baby Food Action Network
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IBFAN, with its International Code Documentation Centre (ICDC) taking the lead, has closely cooperated with WHO and UNICEF to prepare this report.
According to the IBFAN, African Regional Office Report [9] exclusive breastfeeding rate at 3-4 months in the region was as follows: Botswana 29.7%, Eritrea 64%, Ghana 36%, Kenya 17%, Lesotho 54%, Malawi 11%, Somalia 7%, Sudan 40.8%, Swaziland 53%, Tanzania 4.1%, Uganda 68%, and Zimbabwe 2.5%.
Yet baby food companies, many of which are transnational in scope and unburdened by any sense of national or ethical responsibility, use various tactics including legal threats based on supposed clashes with WTO rules to circumnavigate or directly challenge the International Code's implementation (IBFAN 2014b).
While speaking to Citizen News Service - CNS, onsite at the conference, Dr Arun Gupta, Regional Coordinator of IBFAN and Chair of the global Breastfeeding Initiative for Child Survival (gBICS) wondered why we allow the baby food industry to manipulate us (with the sole aim of making huge profits) at the cost of our babies' lives, when we know that mother's milk is best.
** Proposed messages for a comprehensive communication strategy developed by participants at an IBFAN Africa meeting in September 2010 in Mauritius for country specific field testing and adaptation
Another global NGO campaign that enjoyed much success was the Baby Food Safety Campaign, spearheaded by the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN).
In 1979 an international network of public service groups, the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN), was founded to campaign against what it saw as unethical marketing practices by baby formula companies, particularly Nestle.
The International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN), based in Penang, Malaysia, monitors compliance with the Code.
The similarity between Industries (Infant Food Manufacturers) and Governments is gleaned from the following and IBFAN State-of-the-Code by Company and by Country (1998):
Se utilizo el instrumento 4-A del Proyecto de Monitoreo IBFAN (IMPIII) y del Monitoreo Estandar de IBFAN (SIM).