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World Breastfeeding Week 2021: Protecting Breastfeeding in Cambodia

September 3, 2021

As part of the Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Alliance (SUN CSA) Cambodia, Helen Keller International/ARCH, along with Alive & Thrive and World Vision International Cambodia, was pleased to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week under the theme ‘Protecting breastfeeding: A shared responsibility’ during the month of August. The COVID-19 pandemic has further emphasized the need to…


Health workers in Cambodia enforce Sub-Decree 133

May 20, 2021

Aggressive marketing of infant formula in health facilities discourages breastfeeding. The International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes (the Code) prohibits any type of promotion of breast-milk substitutes (BMS) in health facilities. The Code calls on health workers to protect parents from predatory BMS industry marketing practices and has specific provisions for health workers on…


WHO, UNICEF & Helen Keller Intl release joint statement on enforcement of Sub-Decree 133 in Cambodia

July 1, 2020

Cambodia has been taking strong steps to monitor and enforce Sub-Decree 133, the national regulation which implements provisions of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes. Most recently, The Royal Government of Cambodia and Ministry of Health recently levied fines against four companies who illegally promoted breast-milk substitutes to the public. Helen Keller International…


Monitoring Promotion of Breast-milk Substitutes in Cambodia: Roll-out of Training for Sub-Decree 133

January 8, 2020

Background In 2005, the Cambodian government adopted many provisions of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes as national policy. This Sub-Decree on Marketing of Products for Infant and Young Child Feeding (Sub-Decree 133) supports breastfeeding by restricting the promotion of breast-milk substitutes marketed for children less than 2 years of age, unless approved…


Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses 2019: Important progress made

January 2, 2020

Since 2013, ARCH has been active in the process of revising the Codex Alimentarius Standard for Follow-Up Formula. Each year, the Helen Keller International delegation has attended the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) meeting, advocating with country representatives to make sure that this food standard clearly defines and regulates…


Success Stories from Senegal: Nutrition Data in Policy and Practice

November 7, 2019

A MILESTONE IN THE POLICY-MAKING PROCESS  In 2016, World Health Assembly Resolution 69.9 urged countries to implement the Guidance on Ending the Inappropriate Promotion of Foods for Infants and Young Children in their national legal frameworks. Recently, Senegal made major progress towards this policy change. On September 20-21st, Senegal’s draft decree on the marketing of…


New Resources for CCNFSDU 2019

October 22, 2019

This November, the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) will continue its review of the Follow-Up Formula Standard. The key consideration at this year’s meeting is whether to define both categories of follow-up formula as breast-milk substitutes. In doing so, follow-up formula would fall under the same marketing guidelines as…


New peer-reviewed articles on consumption and promotion of commercial foods

June 21, 2019

New research published by Helen Keller International’s Assessment and Research on Child Feeding (ARCH) Project in the scientific journal Maternal & Child Nutrition builds on previous findings on promotion and consumption of commercial foods and beverages among infants and young children. These papers illustrate the widespread promotion and high rates of consumption in Nepal, Cambodia,…


Efforts to Protect the Health and Growth of Cambodian Children: Enforcement of Sub-Decree 133

March 8, 2019

Sub-Decree 133 incorporates provisions of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes into national regulations in Cambodia. Recently, the Executive Working Group (EWG) in charge of implementation took a major step in ensuring that caregivers are protected against unethical marketing of breastmilk substitutes: The EWG fined two companies 2,500,000 Riels (625 USD) each for…


Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses 2018: Achievements and next steps for children’s health

December 21, 2018

Breastmilk is the gold standard for infant and young child feeding. The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF recommend that children be exclusively breastfed for the first six months and continue to receive breastmilk up to two years of age or beyond. Yet, the proliferation of varying breastmilk substitutes, including follow-up formula, increasingly undermines exclusive…