Monday, July 5, 2010

Global Breastfeeding Partners’ Forum 2010

By James Achanyi-Fontem
WABA Men's Initiative
From 17 – 20 October 2010, Bayview Beach Resort in Penang, Malaysia will host a global forum allowing for greater networking among WABA participants
and the Core Partner organisations – ABM, IBFAN, ILCA, LLLI and Wellstart International. Participants will revisit and celebrate Innocenti Declaration’s 20 years, under the theme “Enabling Mothering: Keeping mothers and babies together” from the 16th – 20th October, 2010. The announcement released by WABA Secretariat says the Global Breastfeeding Partners Forum (GBP Forum 2010) is to include a partners’ technical forum to be organised with the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation (SIDA). It is the first time WABA is organising a GBP Forum open to participation of the wider network allowing for greater networking among participants and the Core Partner Organisations – ABM, IBFAN, ILCA, LLLI and Wellstart International. The objectives of the WABA 2010 event are:
♥ To foster greater collaboration with WABA’s Core Partners and other participants to plan and advance the common vision and strategic direction of the breastfeeding movement
♥ To share new technical knowledge and programmatic updates in the areas of the expanded BFHI and Maternity Protection.
♥ To celebrate the Innocenti 20 years through creative and other means.
♥ To work towards World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) 2011
The three day event draws on elements of the WABA Global Forum III event originally planned for Quebec City in June 2010, the World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) campaigns past and present, the World Breastfeeding Trends initiative (WBTi) and others.

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