Celebrate World Food Safety Day!

“Safer food, better health”

Virtual panel discussion.  Tuesday 7 June at 14:00-15:00 CEST

The event will include:

  • Welcome messages from the WHO Director-General and FAO Director-General
  • A Q&A with WHO’s Assistant Director-General, Naoko Yamamoto, and Director of the FAO Liaison Office with the United Nations in Geneva, Dominique Burgeon
  • A panel discussion on food safety in different settings moderated by Francesco Branca, Director of WHO’s Department of Nutrition for Health and Development with contributors from Chile, Ghana, India and Singapore
  • Closing remarks from Tom Heilandt, Codex Secretary

WHA – 22-28th May 2022

 


Baby Kicking featured in new exhibition in Manchester

Following a mandate at the 2020 World Health Assembly, WHO has completed a review of evidence demonstrating the scope and impact of digital marketing strategies for the promotion of breast-milk substitutes.This webcast will be an opportunity to hear from technical experts about this review of evidence about digital marketing behaviours used by the formula milk industry.  https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2022/04/29/default-calendar/launch-of-new-who-report-on-the-scope-and-impact-of-digital-marketing-for-the-promotion-of-breast-milk-substitutes

‘Mothers’ Milk Tool’ webinar launch by the Australian National University and Alive & Thrive Southeast Asia.

Thursday 5 May 2022, 6-8 pm Sydney time (AEST).  Please register here

Breastfeeding and mothers’ milk is presently not counted in food systems or the economy, but should be. The Mothers’ Milk Tool will help. Money is the language of policymakers. Counting human milk production in food and economic statistics will assist in better policy decision-making and investments in women’s unpaid care work. The Mothers’ Milk Tool quantifies the volume of breastmilk and value of breastfeeding at national and global levels, as well as how much is lost if country environments and policies, or healthcare, work and community settings do not enable women’s and children’s rights to breastfeeding. The tool will be launched when most countries celebrate Mothers’ Day to acknowledge the role, health and economic contribution of mothers to society through women’s unpaid care work, including breastfeeding.


Codex webinar on Science. 8th April 2022

Food Safety Community of Practice, Role of science in the Codex Alimentarius Commission. WHO experts presented  examples how Codex Alimentarius Commission standards are developed.  WHO jointly with FAO develops science-based food safety risk assessments to define safe exposure levels to various chemicals and microorganisms in our food as well as nutrition related standards. Scientific advice from the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR), Joint FAO/WHO Expert Meetings on Microbiological Risk Assessment (JEMRA) and Joint FAO/WHO Expert Meeting on Nutrition (JEMNU) is the basis for the development of international food safety and quality standards by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, as well as national food safety standard setting in many Member States.

Moderator:  Luz Maria De-Regil, Unit Head, Multisectoral Action in Food Systems (AFS)Presenters:

Moez Sanaa, Unit Head, the Standards and Scientific Advice on Food and Nutrition (SSA)
Michael-oliver Hinsch, Standards and Scientific Advice on Food and Nutrition (SSA)
Luc Ingenbleek, Monitoring Nutritional Status & Food Safety Events (MNF)

Background

WHO’s Food Safety Community of Practice (COP) is a peer-to-peer online forum for global professionals working on and sharing interest in food safety issues, who seek to deepen their knowledge and expertise in this area, exchange information and discuss ideas by interacting on an ongoing basisYou can register to become a member of the Food Safety COP by clicking on the following link.


Strategies for Infant and Young Child Feeding in Climate-Related Emergencies   Register for Live event – Monday 21st March 2022

https://www.globalbreastfeedingcollective.org/strategies-infant-and-young-child-feeding-climate-related-emergencies

Marketing the $55 billion formula milk industry

Wednesday 23 February 2022

REGISTER HERE for the launch of WHO’s research on unethical and aggressive formula industry marketing

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and partners will launch a new report, How the marketing of formula milk influences our decisions on infant feeding.

Background

This report – the largest of its kind to date – draws on the experiences of over 8,500 women and 300 health professionals across eight countries. It exposes the aggressive marketing practices used by the formula milk industry, and highlights impacts on families’ decisions about how to feed their babies and young children.

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January 24-29 WHO 150th Executive Board Meeting. IBFAN reports and statements

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December 2021

Chat comments and questions from the session “Financing WHO well: Low-hanging fruit or mission impossible?” organised by the Global Health Centre.  Björn Kümmel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd December  BPNI celebration of 30 years

November 2021

For Codex meetings see Policy Blog and Consultation Page

Nordan conference on Alcohol Policies

20 November 2021

IBFAN Africa regional Meeting -16-17 November.

IBFAN Africa 16.11.21

October 2021

14th October GAPA conference   Patti 14.10.21 GAPA

IBFAN Regional Webinar South East Asia

21st October

June 2021   Global Breastfeeding Collective. Presentation on IBFAN’s concerns about the Nutrition for Growth Initiative.   N4G GBC

September 2021

Breastfeeding: Where Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems Begin Thursday 9 September 2021. Registration for this event is open via the ANU Gender Institute website.

The event: 

Today’s food systems are contributing to several intersecting health and ecological crises of global concern. Recognising this, many are now calling for transformative, and some even say radical, food systems change. The United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) seeks to ‘transform the way the world produces, consumes and thinks about food’. However, many scientists and civil society networks are questioning what this will mean in reality, and where the mother-child breastfeeding dyad, breastmilk, and human rights will fit within the food systems transformation agenda.

This Dialogue will show how and why breastfeeding – as the desirable norm for feeding human infants and children – is where healthy and sustainable food systems really begin and the challenges that must be addressed for this to be the universal social norm.

Amongst a host of current challenges; acknowledging the fact that women’s role in achieving optimal breastfeeding is essential yet billions of women are unable and available to breastfeed due to the lack of social protection like maternity entitlements and childcare services in workplaces, these will be a cross-cutting focus on the social support needed by women.

The objectives are to:

  1. Bring together advocates, specialists and policy-makers for food systems, food security and nutrition, human rights, and environment, as well as members of women’s and community support groups, to share transformative ideas and positions on breastfeeding as foundational to sustainable food systems thinking and action, with the right to breastfeed as a guiding principle and in doing so, identifies the most powerful levers for generating systems-wide change.
  2. Increase awareness and understanding of the pivotal role of breastfeeding as the most sustainable, localised and normative food system for delivering food security and nutrition to infants and young children, and one that is potentially universally available and accessible optimises nutrition and health outcomes, supports resilience during crisis through local and diverse supply chains and gives agency to mothers and children.
  3. Build alliances and discuss the importance of aligning actions to protect, promote and support breastfeeding across the five Action Tracks of the UNFSS, considering a) the strengths, opportunities, risks and challenges of framing breastfeeding in terms of food systems, and b) identifying strategies to ensure breastfeeding, breastmilk and human rights, are integral to future food systems thinking, research and action.

The first challenge is to acknowledge the importance of acknowledging breastfeeding as a first food system, and the urgent need to invest societal resources in enabling women to practice it. A second key challenge is to address the pervasive influence of corporations in undermining breastfeeding at multiple levels in families, in communities, in health systems and in societies. A further key challenge is to address the gender inequities and discrimination against women workers that arise from lack of adequate maternity protection and social services to underpin women’s invisible and unrequited care work, including breastfeeding.

International experts in human rights and breastfeeding, corporate political activity, food systems and food marketing and the political the economy of breastfeeding will provide informed commentary on the need to protect and support women and their children and their right to breastfeeding and to ensure that the work of breastfeeding is acknowledged and resourced as the foundational food system.

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World Breastfeeding Week 1-7 August,2021

 

Belfast –Breastival is a unique, award-winning festival which aims to support, normalise and celebrate breastfeeding as part of everyday life in Northern Ireland and across Ireland.

 INDIA

https://www.bpni.org/world-breastfeeding-week-2021/

SCOTLAND

 

 

Belgium: 

Hospitals and  health workers will be engaged in raising awareness on the WBW theme.

Brazil  

Materials available in Portuguese. Opening ceremony July 30th in  Sao Paulo, together with local MoH , and also in Brasilia on the 1th, with Webinars. IBFAN will launch the video on 40 years of the Code ith WBW celebrations in many different states of the country Portug and this is disseminated.

February 2021

Who has the power in a Multi-stakeholder World?

2021 Australia MSH world

15th February 2021   Patti Rundall, Baby Milk Action, IBFAN Global Advocacy

Protecting women’s and children’s health and human rights in the ‘first food’ system: commercial influence and conflicts of interest on infant and young child feeding in Australia Australia National University, Crawford School of Public Policy

2020 WEBINARS

Bangladesh:
Link of the International webinar video in NNS Facebook page: https://web.facebook.com/watch/?v=357983405367892&extid=1xdEM1as2fWIvmAU

Below are webinars organised by IBFAN in India, the Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India

 

Webinar – A Learning and Sharing “Café”: IYCF Programming Adaptations in the Context of COVID-19. questions or comments to: techrrt2@internationalmedicalcorps.org.

slides and recording can be found here: https://techrrt.org/resources/#webinars

Another webinar from Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI) – 7th August

BPNI is a national organisation working for the last 29 years to protect, promote and support breastfeeding in India. BPNI is notified in the official gazette to monitor and report on the compliance with the Infant Milk Substitutes, Feeding Bottles, and Infant Foods (Regulation of Production, Supply and Distribution) Act 1992, and Amendment Act 2003.  On the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August) 2020, BPNI is launching a mobile application named “Stanpan Suraksha” on zoom with an aim to enhance access to skilled lactation counselling support and protecting mothers from commercial baby food marketing, the digital way on 7th August, 2020, Timing 12:00-1:30 pm. (As per programme below).

The development of this mobile application is supported by HCL Foundation. You are cordially invited to join the launch of the Stanpan Surakhsha mobile application. As this mobile application targets lactating mothers, BPNI requests you to spread the word among lactating mothers around you and get them to join us for the launch. This application could  be a useful one for them!   To register and now more about the application please click HERE

Previous webinars:

 

 

Conflict of Interest Webinars

Recordings and Slides of previous GECI-PH webinars

–    Webinar #1- Commercial Determinants of Health: Definitions and Risks: Recording and Slides

–    Webinar #2- Commercial Determinants of Health: Characterizing harmful industries and their products: Recording and Slides

–    Webinar #3- Commercial Determinants of Health: conflicts of interest and corporate practices that are harmful to  health: Recording and Slides

–    Webinar #4- Solutions to address the commercial determinants of health:   Recording and Slides

–    Webinar #5- Corporations and Global Health Governance: Recording and Slides

–    Webinar #6- Commercial Determinants of Health: Special webinar on theCOVID19Recording and Slides

–    Webinar #7- Corporate determinants of health: corporations, trade and health: Recording and Slides

–    Webinar #8 – Solutions to address the Commercial Determinants of Health (2): Community-level actions: Recording and Slides

 

 

Click on the dates for further information or check back if there is no link.

Contact us if there is an event you would like to be added to this list – please try and involve Baby Milk Action in your event if you can.

2020

Dear Patti,
We’re sorry you were unable to join our virtual panel discussion, “Essential work: Responding to covid-19 in fragile states“. However, the event is now available OnDemand so you can view it wherever and whenever it works for you!
We hope you enjoy!
Sincerely,
The Economist Events
SPONSORED BY:

Due to the COVID-19 crisis meetings are all VIRTUAL.   There are many.  I will be joining the Panel on this one on 19th June

WHO DG webinar with Civil Society: Civil society engagement in COVID-19 response at national and local levels
Type: Unlisted Event
Event address for attendees: https://who-meeting.webex.com/who-meeting/onstage/g.php?MTID=e944773455f951f48a3275fe021182b1d
Date and time: Wednesday, 8. July 2020 13:30
Europe Summer Time (Paris, GMT+02:00)
Duration: 1 hour

Webinar on COVID- 19 and Breastfeeding- June 19.2020

Webinar on  COVID AND BREASTFEEDING

Date: 19 June 2020, 12.00 pm – 01:30 PM (IST)

To Participate Please  register HERE

We are amidst a global pandemic of COVID-19, and this has thrown our life into a disarray. The healthcare and medical facilities are primarily focusing on COVID infected patients and their care. Medical services like antenatal and postnatal care and counselling are amongst those important services which are taken aback. For protecting the interests of pregnant women and lactating mothers, UNICEF/ WHO and other agencies have come out with guidelines. New research is also. being published on the subject.

This webinar will provide up-to-date information about the importance of breastfeeding by the Covid-19 suspected or positive mothers. It will share the global guidance on the subject and recommendations by the Government of India and UN agencies. Evidence based practical support to mothers to practice breastfeeding will also be discussed. It will be helpful to all those who are working to support of pregnant women and lactating mother and infants including BPNI members, infant and young child feeding counselling specialists, paediatricians, obstetricians, nursing staff and programme managers from state government, nutritionists, programme managers and UNICEF health and nutrition functionaries.

 

To Participate Please   register HERE

Here’s another –

Webinar logo

IBFAN IFE WHO UNICEF

June 24th Webinar ‘Protecting Breastfeeding in the Time of COVID-19: Implementation of the Code in Asia’ to be held on June 24 at 12:30 PM Delhi/2:00 PM Bangkok/3:00 PM Manila time.

Please join and feel free to share this information with your contacts in government, development and humanitarian partners, and academia in your countries.  To participate, register HERE to ensure your place.
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  1. Gender Responsive Budgeting and Progressing Breastfeeding Policy in 2020 and Beyond – Introductory Webinar (6 April)  https://crawford.anu.edu.au/news-events/events/16383/gender-responsive-budgeting-and-progressing-breastfeeding-policy-2020-and
  2. Breastfeeding policy in 2020 and beyond – Emergency and pandemic preparedness and response planning in Australia (20 April)  https://taxpolicy.crawford.anu.edu.au/news-events/events/16419/breastfeeding-policy-2020-and-beyond-emergency-and-pandemic-preparedness
  3. Progressing Australia’s policies and plans for mothers and babies in disasters and pandemics: experiences from high- and middle-income countries (4 May)https://taxpolicy.crawford.anu.edu.au/news-events/events/16471/progressing-australias-policies-and-plans-mothers-and-babies-disasters-and
  4. Protecting women’s reproductive rights in policy and resourcing decisions – the need for ‘data and dollars’  (18 May)https://crawford.anu.edu.au/news-events/events/16582/protecting-womens-reproductive-rights-policy-and-resourcing-decisions-need

The next webinar we envisage to focus on the human rights, health and breastfeeding rights of vulnerable populations including mothers separated from their infants and young children, such as due to incarceration or child protection systems, maternity care practices including C-sections, or hospital practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, women separated from their infants and deprived of the health protections of breastfeeding due to lack of suitable breastfeeding friendly employment or childcare.

IBFAN at the 71st World Health Assembly (WHA)

WHO May Host Virtual World Health Assembly May 18 – COVID-19 To Be Main Agenda Item

https://www.healthpolicy-watch.org/who-may-host-virtual-world-health-assembly-meeting-may-18-with-covid-19-main-agenda-topic/

For the first time ever, the World Health Assembly appears set to meet in a one-day virtual session on May 18, which would be devoted largely to debate the global COVID-19 pandemic, sources told Health Policy Watch on Tuesday.  European Union member states are hopeful that a draft WHA resolution to create a voluntary patent pool of new COVID-19 health technologies could be approved in the rapid-fire session – and they are holding daily worldwide consultations with WHO member states online, with the hopes of sealing a deal on the potentially game-changing resolution in time for the WHA meeting.

WHO Executive Board Meeting, February 3-8th

2019

Baby Milk Action AGM 2019  Saturday 8th June 2019 2-5pm

German-speaking Lutheran Church in East Anglia, 4 Shaftesbury Road,
Cambridge,  CB2 8BW (aprox 15 minute walk from Cambridge Station).

Tigers screenings in the UK:

  • 10th March, 11am, The Palace Cinema, Longridge, Preston. Tickets.
  • 13th,14th, 19th March, Theatr Clwyd, Mold TICKETS
  • 15th March for 7 days, Watermans Cinema, Brentford TICKETS
  • 18th March 6pm, Phoenix Cinema, ObanTICKETS
  • 20th March, 8pm, Picturehouse, UCKFIELD + Q&A with Fiona Duby and Patti Rundall TICKETS
  • 21st March, 8pm White River Cinema, St Austell TICKETS
  • 23rd March 10am-12noon,  Broadway Cinema, Broad Street, Nottingham,  Q&A with Dr Diamond Emmanuel, Syed Aamir Raza, Patti Rundall  TICKETS
  • 23rd March, 2.15 and 6pm and 25th March 6pm, 26th March 8.20 pm, Light House Cinema, The Chubb Buildings, Fryer Street, Wolverhampton. TICKETS
  • 24th and 27th March, Mareel Cinema, Shetland  TICKETS 
  • 25th March, Frontline Club, London, followed by Q&A with Syed Aamir Raza, Andy Paterson, Patti Rundall and Cat VilliersTICKETS
  • 25th March, Arts Cinema, Aberystwyth (part of the WOW Festival) TICKETS
  • 26th March, The Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy  TICKETS
  • 27th March, Picturehouse, Cambridge  followed by Panel Discussion with Syed Aamir Raza, Andy Paterson and Patti Rundall. TICKETS
  • 28th March (Matinee), MAC Cinema, Birmingham  TICKETS
  • 3rd & 10th April, Plough Arts Cinema, Torrington TICKETS
  • 8th April, Dublin, Lighthouse  to register interest forTICKETS
  • 13th April, Home, Manchester Saturday, 6.20pm TICKETS
  • 19th & 24th April, Arc, Stockton TICKETS
  • 23rd April, The Depot, Lewes Q&A TICKETS
  • 29th April, Kinoculture, Oswestry TICKETS
  • 8th May, Gulbenkian, Canterbury  Q&A TICKETS
  • 9th May, Reading Film Theatre, Reading TICKETS
  • 30th May, Filmhouse, Northampton Q&A
  • 2nd June,  The Gaiety, Ayr,
  • 4th June, 7pm, Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy, Fife TICKETS
  • 9th June 7pm Penicuik Cinema at Penicuik Town Hall
  • 12th June, Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre, Dumfries
  • 19th June, Broadway Cinema, Letchworth  TICKETS
  • 20th June, Riverfront, Newport TICKETS
  • 9th July, Savoy cinema,  Corby TICKETS
  • 15th July Quad Cinema, Derby
  • 20th July, Palace Longridge, Preston
  • 4th August, Sunday, 13.00. The Prince Charles Cinema,  London Leicester Square,   TICKETS

Tigers showing in 2018

* • 16 November 2018, 19:30: Effraspace, London.
* • 17 November 2018 : Effraspace, London.
* • 18 November 2018: Effraspace, London.
* • 22 November 2018: Omniplex, Craigavon
* • 29 November 2018: Brunswick Moviebowl, Derry.
* • 5 December 2018: Lexi Cinema, Kensal Rise, London.
* • 8 December 2018: Rex Cinema, Wareham.
* • 10 December 2018 Picture House Central, London.
* • 10 December 2018, 11:00 and 18:00: Belfast.
* • 16 January 2019 Vue Cinema, Portsmouth.

2018

  • January 22-27:  142nd WHO Executive Board Meeting, Geneva  CLICK HERE for our interventions.
  • April 20th: Global and Political Context in Midwifery  third year module, BSc Midwifery students, Kings College, London
  • April 27 -28:  Cuenca, Ecuador, Zero Hunger – III World Summit of Regions on Food Security and Sovereignty CLICK HERE for speakers  CLICK HERE  for Programme. Our Policy Director will be speaking on “Conflicts of interest and the health protection of infants and young children”
  • May 12th Baby Milk Action members annual general meeting, Cambridge. Members elect our Board of Directors from the membership and the 2016 Julie Crawford award will be presented  Join today.
  • May 15th APPG  Infant feeding and Inequalities
  • May 15th BFLG meeting
  • May 21-26th, 71st World Health Assembly, Geneva.  CLICK HERE for papers
  • June 1st. Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health, Luxembourg
  • July 2-6th Codex Alimentarius Commission, Rome
  • July 10th APPG  Infant feeding and Inequalities

2017

13 May 2017: Baby Milk Action members annual general meeting, Cambridge. Members elect our Board of Directors from the membership. Join today. Papers for the AGM are available here.

30 October – 5 November 2017International Nestlé-Free Week. A time for people who boycott Nestlé over the way it pushes baby milk to do more to promote the boycott – and for those who don’t boycott to give it a go. Campaign ideas and resources.

For dates of forthcoming demonstrations in our say NO to formula companies sponsoring health workerscampaign see the following pages: