Alive and Thrive/Nigeria

August 1st

Ethiopia: TV and Radio spots which promote breastfeeding will be disseminated through national, regional, and local media and news outlets.

August 2

Burkina Faso: Representative from the Government Ministry of Health will be on Burkina national TV during the Sunday news, promoting the Stronger With Breastmilk Only campaign, which promotes exclusive breastfeeding in Francophone West Africa.

Ethiopia: Distribution of facemasks to protect against COVID-19 featuring breastfeeding promotion messages to beneficiaries.


August 3

Nigeria: A&T and the Nigeria Federal Ministry of Health hosting a webinar on Breastfeeding and the Environment: Linkages and opportunities in Nigeria. Along with A&T and the Ministry of Health, speakers include Action against Hunger, Nutrition Society of Nigeria, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control. 6PM West Africa Time (GMT+1). Register here.

August 4

Nigeria: Media roundtables in Lagos to highlight breastfeeding, World Breastfeeding Week, and contextualize IYCF in the COVID-19 era. The first is geared towards state and technical stakeholders, to discuss breastfeeding issues and sustainable IYCF practices in terms of COVID-19 and climate change; the roundtable will be attended by the State Ministry of Health and the Lagos State Health Service Commission. The second roundtable is for community stakeholders and beneficiaries, such as mothers who exclusively breastfeed, service providers, traditional birth attendants, and breastfeeding guardians.


Nigeria: Media roundtable in Kano State, with state media, to highlight the importance of breastfeeding amid a time of COVID-19 and climate change. In attendance will be His Excellency the Governor of Kano State, as well as the state’s Information and Health commissioners.

August 5

Global: Global leaders will discuss why investment in skilled breastfeeding support is essential to achieving equitable health outcomes in “Achieving health equity: providing skilled breastfeeding support universally,” a webinar sponsored by the Global Breastfeeding Collective, WHO and UNICEF.  The audience will include funders, implementing organizations and national government level leaders. The webinar will be conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation in French, Spanish, Arabic, and Russian. Learn more and register here.

August 6

Nigeria: The Nigeria Breastfeeding Assembly and Alive & Thrive are hosting a webinar, “Protecting, Promoting and Supporting Breastfeeding in the context of COVID-19.” The webinar at 3pm West Africa Time (GMT+1) will center on how to ensure and achieve optimum breastfeeding of Nigerian children in the face of the current global pandemic. Register here.

August 7

Nigeria: Stakeholders are invited to a webinar, “The Role of Critical Stakeholders in Improving Exclusive Breastfeeding Practices in Kaduna State,” at 10 a.m. West Africa Time (GMT+1). Register in advance for this webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Nigeria: Key resource persons within the Nutrition & IYCF sectors in Lagos state will appear on live TV programs over 3 days – August 3, 5, and 7 – to discuss breastfeeding and the environment and advertise the Start Strong/Zero water campaign. The three TV programs are: 1) Guides to planet-friendly breastfeeding practices in a developing country like Nigeria, 2) “Breastfeeding: Nature’s drink with superior packaging” and 3) Starting Children strong on the world’s healthiest fast food: Breastmilk

August 9

Burkina Faso: Representatives from A&T and UNICEF will talk about the Stronger With Breastmilk Only Campaign, which promotes exclusive breastfeeding in Francophone West Africa, on a TV show.

Source: Alive and Thrive

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Activities in African countries for World Breastfeeding Week