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:
Increased exclusive breastfeeding rate by 20% annually in 6 joint programme areas
Reduced prevalence of undernutrition among children 6-24 months old by 3% by 2012
Improved capacities of the national government, local governments, employers and workers, and other stakeholders to formulate, promote, and implement appropriate policies and programs on infant and young child feeding