Press Esc to close
Monday 05 December 2016
News updated at 10:06 PM IST
Weather
Max: 26.9°C
Min : 18°C
In Bengaluru
Rain lightly

India ahead of 20 nations on breastfeeding index

New Delhi, Dec 6, 2012, DHNS :

Study was conducted in 51 countries

A report released by an international body on breastfeeding practices, puts India at 31 among 51 countries.

The report was released on Thursday by the Union minister of external affairs Salman Khurshid and Union minister of state for women and child development Krishna Tirath.

International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN), which monitors and tracks the
implementation of the WHO’s Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding, has compiled a report titled, “Are Our Babies Falling Through the Gaps: The State of Policies and Programme Implementation of the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding in 51 Countries.”

Khurshid said better health for children is an issue on which different sections in even the most contentious societies will not disagree.

The report scores each country on a scale of 10 and final score is given out of 100. Going by the score, India is at the 31st spot.

However, change seems to be on the way with the district Lalitpur project, demonstrating that increasing rates of optimal feeding is possible.

According to Tirath, the government of India is expanding the reach of its newly launched maternity protection scheme so that poor women can be provided with cash benefits.
Neighbouring nations, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan have made significant changes over these years and improved their ranking.

Nearly 2/3rd of the world’s children are born in the 51 countries in which this study was conducted by the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi). WBTi is a web based tool from IBFAN to measure inputs for increasing infant and young child feeding practices (IYCF).

The five countries that scored the highest are Sri Lanka, Maldives, Kenya, Malawi, and Nicaragua. The least scorers are Cape Verde, Taiwan, Indonesia, Mexico, and Egypt.

 

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
A woman walks past a portrait of J. Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister of the southern state...

A woman walks past a portrait of J. Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister of the southern state...

A cleaner machine cleans Dal Lake during heavy fog in Srinagar on Monday...

A cleaner machine cleans Dal Lake during heavy fog in Srinagar on Monday...

Artists paint graffiti on a wall to promote cleanliness in Civil Line in Gurugram on Monday...

Artists paint graffiti on a wall to promote cleanliness in Civil Line in Gurugram on Monday...

Bollywood actors Salman Khan and Shahrukh Khan during the 23rd Annual Star Screen Awards 2016...

Bollywood actors Salman Khan and Shahrukh Khan during the 23rd Annual Star Screen Awards 2016...

Bollywood actress Rekha performs during the 23rd Annual Star Screen Awards 2016 in Mumbai...

Bollywood actress Rekha performs during the 23rd Annual Star Screen Awards 2016 in Mumbai...

Bollywood actors Salman Khan and Daisy Shahi during the 23rd Annual Star Screen Awards 2016...

Bollywood actors Salman Khan and Daisy Shahi during the 23rd Annual Star Screen Awards 2016...

India's Srinidhi Shetty after being crowned as Miss Supranational 2016 title in Poland...

India's Srinidhi Shetty after being crowned as Miss Supranational 2016 title in Poland...

Migratory Siberial sea gulls flying at Sangam during a cold and foggy morning at Sangam...

Migratory Siberial sea gulls flying at Sangam during a cold and foggy morning at Sangam...

Trainee soldiers undergoing obstacle trainings during a media visit to Army Service Corps....

Trainee soldiers undergoing obstacle trainings during a media visit to Army Service Corps....

The trainee soldiers undergoe obstacle trainings during a media visit to Army Service Corps....

The trainee soldiers undergoe obstacle trainings during a media visit to Army Service Corps....

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523