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Infant feeding in Emergency Situations. A report from the national convention of BPNI, 2005

Author: BPNI, Govt of India, UNICEF
Year: 2004-5
Resource type: Meetings and Workshops

India, on 9-10 Nov 2005 held by BPNI supported by govt of India & UNICEF. Pub'd 2006

BPNI = Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India.

A really good report that contains presentation slides from the meeting. Lots of power point presentations including on WHO (2004) guidelines and 4 that were done to feed into the conf:

  1. Feeding of infants and children in Tsunami affected villages in Pondicherry by Adhisivam B, Srinivasan S, Soudarssanane MB, Dept of Pediatrics and P&SM, JIPMER, Pondicherry. India 2005. There was formula in area before hand and the authors conclude that there was ‘no impact’ of giving free formula during crisis, however, this conclusion does not concur with the fact that diarrhea was 3x greater after free formula was distributed.
  2. Infant and young child feeding during emergency. Survey report from Tsunami disaster areas of Tamil Nadu. Dr JA Jayalal, Dr K Vijayakumar, Mr Anilkumar, Ms Hazlin. India 2005. The State Relief committee didn’t support b/feeding and allowed (or gave) free formula to camps. Also looked at district and local areas and did NGO survey, found that they gave out formula and bottles and little knowledge amongst them of risks of formula. A survey on the response to the tsunami in Tamil Nedu, where Nestlé formula was routinely distributed by NGOs, found that "64% NGOs, 76% social workers, 32% paramedical staff and 87% victims" were unaware of the importance of breastfeeding in emergency situations.

    Survey with 1000 mothers found 25% decrease in b/feeding and increase if form after disaster, recommends b-feeding promotion during crisis and NGOs to have b/feeding specialist).
  3. Mumbai floods, an emergency (BPNI Maharashtra) by Dr Charu P Suraiya, Dr Satish Tiwari, Dr Alka Kuthe and Ms Priya Deo, India 2005. Health workers were not aware of WHO policy or government infant milk policy.
  4. Effect of Disasters on Vulnerable Groups (Earthquake in Jammu and Kashmir) by Khalida Jabeen. Local government did not have a policy and not aware of India main policy on milk distribution etc, hence together with NGOs they distributed milk during emergency.

www.bpni.org/Report/infant-feeding-emergency-situation.pdf

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BPNI, Govt of India, UNICEF (2005). Infant feeding in Emergency Situations. A report from the national convention of BPNI, 2005. www.ennonline.net/iycfbpni