Group vows to sustain advocacy on breastfeeding

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011


PLAN International vowed to sustain its advocacy on breastfeeding even after Nutrition Month, citing the need of this practice as basic to child survival.

Dr. Esther Miranda, Plan Visayas consultant on health and nutrition, said their breastfeeding information drive will be incorporated in their school-based and community-based programs designed to advance child's welfare.

"Plan is a child-centered focused organization and we all know that breastfeeding is basic to the survival of children. Even if the Nutrition Month is done, breastfeeding will always be part of our community campaign. It is the core and the basic intervention for child survival," Miranda said.

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The official said exclusive breastfeeding is one of their priorities under health program as it is one of the four strategies identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) for child survival.

According to the WHO, it is estimated that high coverage of optimal breastfeeding practices could avert 13 percent of the 10.6 million yearly deaths of children five years old and below.

The 2011 Nutrition Month celebration last July highlighted the call to save children from the worst consequences of malnutrition by practicing proper breastfeeding.

The National Nutrition Council has called on for proper breastfeeding advocacy in households, communities, working places, health facilities, schools, industries and manufacturers.

The 37th Nutrition Month celebration was anchored on the theme "Isulong ang Breastfeeding - Tama, Sapat at Eksklusibo."

Plan has been working in the Philippines since 1961, helping poor children to realize their rights to health care, education, protection and a high quality of life. The organization works in 420 communities nationwide. More than 80,000 families benefit from their projects.

In Eastern Visayas, Plan covers 20 depressed municipalities. Its Visayas office based in Tacloban City has been assisting the government's children's welfare program in Southern Leyte, Samar, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, and Camotes Island. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)

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