In partnership with the Ministry of Health, UNICEF, PAHO and other partners supported the official opening of World Breastfeeding Week 2017 in Suriname.
At the opening event today, the Ministry of Health, together with all hospitals and other main health institutions signed the Pledge for the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI). In his speech, Minister of Health, Patrick Pengel highlighted the role of fathers and the social support system for breastfeeding mothers.
Paolo Marchi, Deputy Representative of UNICEF Guyana and Suriname, highlighted the importance of healthy stimulation and nutrition in the first 1000 days of a child’s life, as well as how exclusive breastfeeding is linked to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. He also emphasized the importance of having the international code for marketing breastmilk substitutes translated and incorporated into the national law and policies, and that the protocols for Baby Friendly Hospitals should be integrated in the standard guidelines and protocols of all health institutions.
The opening event was followed by a Health Fair, where information was shared with the public on the Ten Steps for Baby Friendly Hospitals, along with other awareness material and information on nutrition and healthy living.
The entire week will be devoted to promoting exclusive breastfeeding and related practices, especially in health institutions.