Breastfeeding in emergencies

Protecting the vulnerable in times of vulnerability

Nutrition seminar
Tuesday, 6 August 2013
11:00 to 12:00, Salle B


Ms. Linda Shaker-Berbari
University of Balamand, Beirut, Lebanon

Natural disasters, war, civil unrest and other catastrophes continue to disrupt, and often seriously endanger, the lives of millions of people around the world. Whatever their cause, emergencies pose a particularly grave threat to the health, nutritional status and very survival of infants and young children. Fortunately, much of the disability and death typical among this age group in such circumstances can be averted - provided proper feeding and care can be ensured.

This year’s World Breastfeeding Week theme is Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers, support is especially needed when vulnerable groups live in times of vulnerability, such is the case of emergency situations. Ms. Shaker-Berbari, as an expert in the work on breastfeeding in the context of emergencies, will present the experience related with protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding and the challenges faced because of the Syria crisis.

She will make an introduction on the importance of breastfeeding, issues related with breastfeeding during emergencies and as a life saving intervention. Ms Shaker-Berbari will also present the WHO guidelines as well as the operational guidance for breastfeeding in emergencies.

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Evidence and Programme Guidance Unit, Department of Nutrition for Health and Development (NHD)

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