by Dr. Bill Keenan
World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from August 1-7 in more than 170 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. It commemorates the Innocenti Declaration signed in August 1990 by government policymakers, WHO, UNICEF and other organizations to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.
After a long trip from St. Louis to Dhaka, Bangladesh, I finally made it to the Asia launch of Survive & Thrive’s Helping Babies Survive workshop! The workshop combines training in the Essential Care for Every Baby and Essential Care for Small Babies curricula and strategic planning for health systems improvement in the attendees’ home countries.