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LIBERIA: World Breastfeeding Week Observed in Liberia…As Deputy Health Minister Says, Poor Nutrition Reduces Children’s Capacities

Participants in this year’s official program marking World Breastfeeding Week in Liberia

The Deputy Minister of Health for Administration, Ms. Norwu Howard, says poor nutrition reduces a child’s abilities. She wants baby mothers to prioritize breastfeeding.

According to her, breastfeeding remains important because breastmilk helps keep babies healthy, smart and strong.

Ms Howard made the statement this weekend in Paynesville during broadcasts marking the celebration of World Breastfeeding Week in Liberia.

She said the week was aimed at educating mothers of babies on the importance of breastfeeding.

The Deputy Minister commended WaterAid, ActionAid, the World Health Organization, IrishAid and other local and international organizations for their continued support to the Liberian government.

Ms. Howard also took the opportunity to call on the legislature of the Liberian government to protect women’s rights and implement breastfeeding at the community level.

Indoor program participants

She revealed that significant efforts have been made in recent years by the government of Liberia with the support of development partners to improve nutrition.

Speaking at the event, UNICEF Deputy Country Representative Amadou A. Eisse pledged his institution’s support to the Liberian government.

He revealed that UNICEF is ready to strengthen ties with the Liberian government and ensure that the Ministry of Health achieves its targeted goals.

For her part, Teta Lincoin, Senior Health and Nutrition Advisor at the Irish Embassy, ​​said the Embassy was delighted to celebrate this historic event with the government.

She encouraged Liberians to do more to raise awareness about breastfeeding, stressing that Ireland, as a partner, will continue to support the government in the area of ​​nutrition.

Also speaking, WaterAid Liberia Country Director Chuchu Selma noted that his organization was delighted to be part of such an event.

Mr. Selma took the opportunity to urge baby mothers to always wash their hands before breastfeeding their children.

According to him, WaterAid has been providing support to the sector as a way to improve nutrition in Liberia.

“We are committed to helping the government promote and improve the issue of nutrition in Liberia,” Selma said.

For his part, Byron Zahnwea, member of the WASH Legislative Committee and Representative for District No. 2 in River Cess County, described breastfeeding as the key to every child’s health.

“So we want to encourage each of us we need from our homes to preach the message of breastfeeding,” Rep. Zahnwea added.

Also making remarks, the Director of Nutrition at the Ministry of Health, Dr Annette Brimah-Davis commended the ministry and development partners for supporting the Nutrition Division as a means to improve breastfeeding. and child growth.

“Celebrating Breastfeeding Week is in line with the Global Breastfeeding Protocol which officially started from August 1-7.” Dr Davies said

In a related representative from District No. 2 of Sinoe County, Samson Wiah urged the Ministry of Health to incorporate the issue of breastfeeding into its decentralization process.

Rep. Wiah encouraged the Ministry of Health to reach out to rural areas of the country where health workers can organize a similar event.

The first World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) was held in August 1992, with the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative as its central theme.

World Breastfeeding Alliance (WABA) is the organization behind WBW and was established in 1991, the day after Valentine’s Day.

WABA collaborates with WHO and UNICEFrecognizing that breastfeeding is a human right of mothers and children.

Every year, WABA promotes a theme for World Breastfeeding Week, such as “Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, First Hour and Exclusive Breastfeeding”.

In 1989, WHO and UNICEF issued a joint statement titled “Protecting, Promoting and Supporting Breastfeeding: This year’s Week was observed under the theme: ‘Intensify Breastfeeding, Educate and Support.’

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