Writing for Malnutrition Deeply, ARCH Director Elizabeth Zehner explains the significance of the newly released 2018 Access to Nutrition Index and what it says about the behavior of breast-milk substitute manufacturers:
Since 1981, The World Health Organization (WHO) has called on countries, health systems and manufacturers to implement the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes as part of an effort to promote and support breastfeeding around the world. The Code protects infants and young children by laying out a set of restrictions on the marketing activities of breast-milk substitute (BMS) companies. The latest Access to Nutrition Index found that while BMS companies are enacting stronger corporate policies that more closely align with the Code, they are not always putting those policies into practice on the ground.
Read the full Malnutrition Deeply op-ed here.