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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…

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Low prevalence of double and triple burdens of malnutrition in Kathmandu Valley households must not leave us complacent

March 30, 2021

My ARCH colleagues’ latest findings in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal reveals some good news that the prevalence of mother-child dyads suffering from coexisting multiple burdens of malnutrition is still relatively low. A little over 8 percent in their study sample were an overweight mother with an undernourished child (“double burden”), and only about 3 percent were…

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“Growing-up milk” marketing in Indonesia signals need for strengthened regulations

August 7, 2020

World Breastfeeding Week 2020 has sparked conversations about the broader environmental and social impacts of infant feeding decisions. In our research, we have observed a trend of increased availability and promotion of breast-milk substitute products for young children. Beyond the carbon footprint generated in the production, packaging and distribution of a broader range of breast-milk…

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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…

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Response to World Cancer Research Fund Policy Guide on Restrictions of Food and Beverage Marketing to Children

February 21, 2020

The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has developed a series of valuable policy guides intended to serve as roadmaps for government and civil society nutrition champions on how to build coalitions to advocate for, draft, pass, and eventually enforce regulations to protect consumers from commercial foods and beverages that have no place on a healthy…

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