Update from the World Health Assembly: .
This is turning out to be quite a dramatic week for infant and young child feeding here at the World Health Assembly in Geneva.
There have been four Member States meetings that resulted in a draft Consensus text for a Resolution on Infant and Young Child feeding. It does not contain all the recommendations we wanted but is important nevertheless. On Monday, the Russian Federation tabled it, co-sponsored by 14 other Member States (Nepal, Sierra Leone, Canada, Botswana, Pakistan, Panama, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Senegal, Mozambique, Thailand and Zambia, but supported by many others. Later that day, the USA issued a one page ‘Decision’ which contains very little with no mention of the International Code, the need for marketing restrictions especially the 2016 Guidance (69.9) or the need for conflicts of interest safeguards.
What will happen over the next few days is anyone’s guess. The issue is scheduled for Friday morning and there will be a drafting group on Thursday morning at 9.30 in Room XXIII. We are hoping that the many countries that support the stronger draft will attend and refuse any further weakening. CLICK HERE for a briefing for Member States on the Key points that need to be retained or omitted if young child health is to be protected.
Meanwhile IBFAN is covering several other important issues. See below for IBFAN’s interventions:
Maternal, infant and young child nutrition: Comprehensive implementation plan on maternal, infant and young child nutrition: biennial report
Safeguarding against possible conflicts of interest in nutrition programmes (Agenda Item 12.6)