Senegal

Advocating for strong national policies to align with the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes

Activities

  • Continue to raise awareness of the high prevalence of promotions for breastmilk substitutes and commercially produced complementary foods in Senegal and the possible negative impact of this promotion.
  • Assist with applying provisions of World Health Organization guidance in new national policy development to prevent inappropriate marketing of foods for infants and young children in Senegal
  • Communicate with health facilities and health providers to ensure that optimal care and information is provided to pregnant women, infants and young children
  • Conduct a study on unhealthy diets and nutritional outcomes among young children in urban Senegal

Key Indicators

17%

stunting among children under 5

9%

wasting among children under 5

56

under 5 mortality (per 1,000 live births)

34%

early initiation of breastfeeding

42%

exclusive breastfeeding under 6 months

94%

continued breastfeeding at age one

48%

continued breastfeeding at age 2

25%

minimum acceptable diet age 6-23 months

Legal Status of the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes:
Many provisions in law

Sources: Agence Nationale de la Statistique et de la Démographie (ANSD) [Sénégal], et ICF. 2018. Sénégal : Enquête Démographique et de Santé Continue (EDS-Continue 2017). Rockville, Maryland, USA : ANSD et ICF.; Marketing of breast-milk substitutes: national implementation of the international code, status report 2018. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2018.

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