Thought Leadership

Better Breastfeeding for a Healthier Nigeria: 2020 World Breastfeeding Week

Every year from August 1–7, Nigeria joins over 170 countries globally to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week. This is one of the greatest outreach vehicles for the promotion of optimal infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices. The event, formally endorsed by the 1990 WHO Innocenti Declaration and policymakers across the globe, reaffirms commitment to breastfeeding […]

MNCH Torchlight

Between experts and experience: Compassionate advocacy and support for exclusive breastfeeding

These are some of the reasons Nigerian mothers give for why they are unable to exclusively breastfeed their babies in the first six months after giving birth. To experts, some of these reasons may seem like excuses, but with Nigeria’s exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) rates as low as 28%, this is far below the global goal […]

Press Release

Federal Ministry of Health Celebrating 2019 World Breastfeeding Week -Empower Parents. Enable Breastfeeding

Preparations are in earnest for the celebration of 2019 World Breast Feeding week. A series of activities is planned to promote optimal breastfeeding practices and policies essential for improving child survival as well as facilitating the achievement of sustainable outcomes. As part of activities to celebrate the World Breastfeeding Week in Nigeria, Alive & Thrive, UNICEF, […]

Health Thought Leadership

Healthy Pikin, Smart Adult: Breastfeeding as an investment in Nigeria’s future

In Nigeria, exclusive breastfeeding is still not widely adopted. According to the 2016-2017 National Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) Report, only 23.7% of infants aged five months and below are exclusively breastfed with only 15.3% of all children receiving the minimum acceptable diet. This is an abysmal figure when compared to the exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) […]

Health Torchlight

Displaced but Determined in Borno; Exclusive Breastfeeding in the midst of a humanitarian crisis

The Bakassi Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp in Maiduguri is home to over 30,000 people. It is one of several IDP camps in Borno State where victims of the Boko Haram conflict, forced to abandon their homes, have taken refuge. As a result of this conflict, the longest (since 2009) and one of the deadliest Nigeria […]