MDG-F 2030: Ensuring Food Security and Nutrition for Children 0-24 Months in the Philippines
2003 NDHS data show that only 33.5% of infants below six months old in the Philippines were exclusively breastfed, and about 19.7% of infants did not receive any breastmilk at all. The impact of current poor breastfeeding and improper infant and young child feeding in the Philippines has been devastating – resulting to an additional 1.2 million cases of diarrhea and pneumonia episodes, and about 16,000 out of 82,000 under-five deaths every year.
This joint programme aims to complement the national government’s efforts to promote infant and young child feeding, focusing on the creation of an enabling environment where breastfeeding is protected, promoted, and supported by the community as a whole.
Specifically, the joint programme’s target outcomes are:
Pura Rayco-Solon – Nutrition Specialist