On October 23rd, 2014, we updated our
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Direct correlation between GDP and infant mortality Source: Gap minder 2010
And between maternal & child mortality Source: Gap minder 2010 9
And between fertility & child mortality 10 Source: Gap minder 2010
Africa is still the continent of the future
Challenges with infant feeding• Fast dropping rates of breastfeeding in the first 6 months.• Sub-optimal infant feeding practices or no breastfeeding and inadequate complimentary feeding.• Key information about proper feeding normally comes from the family and not a healthcare professional.• Limited trust about the knowledge and skills of health care providers in regards to matters nutrition.• Mixed messages around Infant feeding in the context of HIV and AIDS and the dynamic nature of HIV and AIDS.• Poor quality control of homemade complementary foods.
Decisionsaffecting achild aremade atdifferentlevels. Eachdecisionshould trulyhave theinterest of thebaby at heart.
How do we address these challenges?
Nestlé commitment to breastfeedingupported by latest science, we continue tobelieve in the superiority of breast milk.he WHO recommends exclusive breastfeedingfor the first six months of life, followed by theintroduction of complementary foods withcontinued breastfeeding for as long aspossible.
Capacity building• Build the capacity of healthcare professionals in matters of Maternal and Child Nutrition to address malnutrition and inappropriate complementary feeding practices.• Re-emphasis the central role Healthcare Professionals play in the interest of educating their patients/clients about the importance of correct nutrition prior to and during pregnancy as well as the first two years of infant life.
Nutrition Education• Address the role of nutrition and its importance as foundation for healthy development in child health.• Come up with interventions to arrest deficiencies in the diet of vitamin A, iodine, iron and zinc which are still widespread and are a common cause of excess morbidity and mortality. 17
Innovations• As the world’s leading Nutrition, Health, and Wellness company we are continually improving the nutritional quality and taste of our products, fortifying many of them to address the deficiencies of specific populations (MDGs 4 and 5).