It’s the most humanitarian aid we’ve ever sent by air in a single month. And we won’t stop - as long as children are in need we will continue to carry out these urgent supply missions.
On our blog, Supply Division Director Shanelle Hall explains what’s going where in August 2014: http://uni.cf/1qKgu9A
Breastfeeding public awareness campaign in New York City - Subway posters.
Nursing in Public laws by State. Is it legal where you live?
World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) is pleased to announce that the slogan and theme for WBW 2014: BREASTFEEDING: A Winning Goal - For Life!
This year’s WABA World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) theme asserts the importance of increasing and sustaining the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding - in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) countdown, and beyond. We call on all celebrants of WBW to Protect, Promote and Support Breastfeeding: it is a vital Life-Saving Goal!
If you are organising an event please let WABA know by making a PLEDGE for your event. Download and fill the simple Pledge Form, email it to WABA, so we can put it on the Pledge Map on this site! The WBW 2014 Action Folder is available in English, Spanish, and Arabic with more languages coming.
The 2014 Breastfeeding Report Card is now available. The report provides state and national data on breastfeeding rates as well as on supports for breastfeeding. Highlights of the report include:
- Rates of breastfeeding initiation and duration (at 6 and 12 months)
- Availability of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs)
- Availability of Certified Lactation Counselors (CLCs)
Data from the 2014 Breastfeeding Report Card show that in 2011, 79 percent of newborn infants started breastfeeding, 49 percent were breastfeeding at 6 months and 27 percent were breastfeeding at 12 months.
Professional breastfeeding support can help mothers start and continue breastfeeding to meet personal goals and national health recommendations. CDC monitors professional breastfeeding support, and this year’s Breastfeeding Report Card shows that the number of IBCLCs – professionals who specialize in clinical management of lactation – nearly doubled from 2006 to 2013. Also, the number of CLCs, a relatively new profession that provides breastfeeding education and counseling, has increased rapidly since 2011. The availability of professional breastfeeding support varied by state. For more information about breastfeeding promotion and support, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/index.htm.
‘Nanette’ joined the Séléka armed group in Central African Republic when she was just 15. She was regularly forced to have sex with her Commander. “I did not have a choice,” she said.
In January, Nanette was released into a UNICEF-supported transit centre. “I was disturbed when I arrived at the centre, very nervous and worried about my future. But with the support of the team, I have learnt to move on and build a life. I now live with my big sister and have begun a vocational training programme (supported by UNICEF).”
Violence against children is entirely preventable when people come together and say that it is unacceptable. It’s #TimeToAct to end the rape and abuse of children in war. #ENDviolence http://uni.cf/PSVI
UNICEF LAUNCHES 2014 STATE OF THE WORLD’S CHILDREN REPORT
Thirty years have passed since The State of the World’s Children began to publish tables of standardized global and national statistics aimed at providing a detailed picture of children’s circumstances.
Much has changed in the decades since the first indicators of child well-being were presented. But the basic idea has not: Credible data about children’s situations are critical to the improvement of their lives – and indispensable to realizing the rights of every child.
Data continue to support advocacy and action on behalf of the world’ 2.2 billion children, providing governments with facts on which to base decisions and actions to improve children’s lives. And new ways of collecting and using data will help target investments and interventions to reach the most vulnerable children.
Data do not, of themselves, change the world. They make change possible – by identifying needs, supporting advocacy, and gauging progress. What matters most is that decision-makers use the data to make positive change, and that the data are available for children and communities to use in holding duty-bearers to account.
Visit the 2014 State of the World’s Children site here