Policy - National Policy on Infant and Young Child Feeding

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Nutrition policy, strategy or plan focusing on specific nutrition areas


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To ensure the survival, healthy development, and protection of the child from birth up to 5 years and the healthy status of mothers.



  • To increase exclusive breastfeeding rates from the current 3% at 4 – 6 months to 15% at six months by the end of 2008.
  • To increase the proportion of children still breastfeeding at 18 months from 44% to 54% by end of 2008.
  • To empower health workers with knowledge, facts and skills, and support to enable them to provide quality care for mothers, children and caretakers through at least one exposure to a minimum of 18 hours of training on lactation management, counselling on infant feeding and counselling on HIV/AIDS.
  • To provide skilled support for adequate feeding to all HIV positive mothers, fathers and other caretakers of children born by HIV positive mothers.
  • To transform all healthcare facilities in Namibia to be Baby and Mother Friendly through the implementation of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.
  • To create an enabling community support system for infant and young child feeding through implementation of household and community IMCI.
  • To provide education and information on the feeding options listed in the guidelines for the implementation of this policy to every HIV positive pregnant woman and their partners or immediate companions that come in contact with the healthcare system, either private or state, at least once.

WHO 2nd Global Nutrition Policy Review 2016-2017

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