World Breastfeeding Conference

Second World Breastfeeding Conference : Africa 2016




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Resource Persons: Plenary Speakers

Dr. Urban Johnson

Executive Director of The Owls
international consultancy company specialized in Human Rights and Development based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Dr Urban Jonsson is the Executive Director of The Owls, an international consultancy company specialized in Human Rights and Development based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Dr Jonsson is a leading authority on the Human Rights-Based Approach to Programming (HRBAP). While Senior Adviser to the Executive Director of UNICEF on HRBAP, a position he retired from in 2004, he operationalised this approach globally. Dr Jonsson had joined UNICEF in 1981 as Representative in Tanzania. He then became UNICEF’s Senior Adviser on Nutrition. Between 1994 and 1998 Dr Jonsson served as UNICEF’s Regional Director for South Asia focusing on nutrition and child labour issues. He then moved to Nairobi as the organisation’s Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa (ESARO), focusing on the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Prior to joining UNICEF, Dr Jonsson worked at the Swedish Food Research Institute (SIK) in Gothenburg (1968-1976). He then moved to Dar el Salaam as Head of the Planning department at the Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre (TFNC). From 1980 until his transfer to UNICEF, Dr Jonsson was Programme Officer at the World Hunger Programme, United Nations University in Tokyo.

Dr Jonsson, a national of Sweden, received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and a Master’s and Doctorate’s degrees in Food Science from the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg. He has published numerous papers in health, nutrition, human rights and political science.

Dr. Nicholas K. Alipui

Director, UNICEF Programmes

Dr. Nicholas Alipui is the Director of UNICEF Programmes. In this capacity, he overseas the centrepiece of UNICEF’s work and is at the forefront of programme policy, guidance and management intended to assist staff in the implementation and success of UNICEF programmes and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

Prior to this, Dr. Alipui served as UNICEF Country Representative in the Philippines from 2003-2008 and as Country Representative in Kenya from 2000-2003. In both assignments, he was responsible for all country activities which included the planning, co-ordination and implementation of programmes to improve the lives of women and children through advocacy and resource mobilization.

From 1998 to 2000, Dr. Alipui served as Chief of the Africa Unit in the Programme Division in New York Headquarters. In this capacity, he was responsible for supervising the overall activities of the Unit focusing on UNICEF programmes of co-operation in the Sub-Saharan Africa region.

Dr. Alipui joined UNICEF in July 1988 initially as Project Officer for the Joint Nutrition Support Programme (JNSP) in Jowhar, Somalia and subsequently for Primary Health Care in Mogadiscio, Somalia. He transferred to UNICEF Luanda, Angola as Project Officer, Emergency in February 1992 and later was promoted to Senior Programme Officer.

Prior to joining UNICEF, Dr. Alipui served in Mozambique as Medical Doctor and Primary Health Care Advisor from February 1980 to January 1985 at the Maputo City Health Directorate, Ministry of Health.

Dr. Alipui is a national of Ghana. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Science in 1978 and his Doctor of Medicine degree in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1979, both from University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Anwar Fazal

Chairperson Emeritus of World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action ( WABA)

He is the leading international civil society person who has contributed much to our society in areas of consumer, health environment, human rights and social ethics. Deeply concerned about the social injustices, especially those unconscionable marketing practices by the transnational corporations in developing countries, He has strived to and has succeeded in bringing these to international attention way back in the 1970s.

Helen Armstrong

Breastfeeding Advocate, USA

Helen Armstrong earned a teaching degree from Harvard University and worked for 25 years in breastfeeding counseling, training, and policy advocacy. She lived in Kenya for 16 years, helping to develop the Breastfeeding Information Group and working for the IBFAN Regional office. Returning to the USA, she became a faculty member at Tufts University School of Nutrition, and commenced ten years of work for UNICEF Headquarters.She has written training materials and presented short courses on breastfeeding in numerous countries. She celebrates that most babies and mothers no longer face impossible obstacles to natural feeding -- thanks to our international joint efforts across the years. She now volunteers for Free the Slaves, aimed toward eliminating all forms of slavery.

 Dr. Nuné Mangasaryan

Senior Advisor (IYCN), Unicef, New York

Dr. Nuné Mangasaryan is a Senior Advisor for Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN) at UNICEF Headquarters in New York. Her field of work includes technical support to more than 150 UNICEF offices worldwide for development of IYCN policies and strategies at the national, health system and community levels.Specific areas of her expertise and support include effective breastfeeding promotion, support and protection, quality programming on complementary feeding, growth monitoring and promotion, infant feeding in emergency situations and othernutrition themes contributing to child survival, growth and development.

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Mangasaryan advised on and managed health and nutrition programmes in UNICEF offices in Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Nune Mangasaryan is a medical doctor and a public health professional. She started her public health career with aposition at the World Bank programme in Armenia, and held several leadership positions in the Armenian Ministry of Health and National Institute of Health, including the post of Deputy Minister of Health.

Dr. Joan Younger Meek, MD

President , Florida Breastfeeding Coalition
United States of America

Dr. Joan Younger Meek earned her Bachelor of Science, Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition, and Doctor of Medicine Degrees, with High Distinction, from the University of Kentucky. She is a founding member and currently serves as the President of the Florida Breastfeeding Coalition.

She was also the Medical Director of the Breastfeeding Education Center.  In 2012, Dr. Meek was appointed as the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education for The Florida State University College of Medicine, where she is a Professor of Clinical Medicine and is the Pediatric Clerkship Director for the Orlando Regional Campus. Dr. Meek provides oversight for all of the Graduate Medical Education programs at the FSU College of Medicine.

Dr. Meek is a Board Certified Pediatrician, a Fellow of the AmericanAcademy of Pediatrics, and a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.  She has been a Registered Dietitian since 1979 and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 1995. 

Dr. Meekserved as the Chair of the United States Breastfeeding Committee from 2008-2010.  She is a previous Board Member and Past President of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.  Dr. Meek has served on the Board of Directors of the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, for which she has also chaired the Certification Examination Committee.  Dr. Meek has served as the Education Chair for the AmericanAcademy of Pediatrics Section on Breastfeeding since 2005.  In this role, she develops breastfeeding content for the National Conference and Exhibition of the AAP. She developed a Breastfeeding Slide Kit for physician training for the American Academy of Pediatrics, which was extensively revised in 2012.  She contributed to the Breastfeeding Residency Curriculum, developed in partnership with the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau.  She is the editor-in-chief of the AmericanAcademy of Pediatrics New Mother’s Guide to Breastfeeding(2002, Revised Second Edition 2011) and a contributor to the AAP/ACOG Breastfeeding Handbook for Physicians(2006).

David Lawson Clark

Legal Officer (Nutrition), Unicef, New York.

David Clark is an international lawyer working with the Nutrition Section, UNICEF, New York. Prior to joining UNICEF, Mr. Clark worked for the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute in Rome, Italy, where he managed programmes on juvenile justice, economic crime and terrorism. A native of Scotland, Mr. Clark began his legal career as an attorney with the Scottish Development Agency. Since 1995, David has assisted more than 50 countries in drafting legislation to implement the International Code of Marketing of Breast milk Substitutes, and has been instrumental in bringing a human-rights based approach to the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding. He has contributed to the development of international policy guidelines in the area of HIV and infant feeding and infant feeding in emergencies.

David was the principal organizer of the 15th anniversary celebration: 1990 – 2005, Celebrating the Innocenti Declaration on the Protection, Promotion and Support of Breastfeeding, held in Florence, Italy in November 2005. He has written and contributed to many articles and publications on health and nutrition policy, developed courses and training materials on the implementation of the International Code and facilitated numerous workshops on the issue.

Elisabeth Sterken

Director of INFACT (Infant Feeding Action Coalition), Canada

Elisabeth Sterken is a professional nutritionist and consumer advocate on behalf of mothers and children specializing in infant and young child feeding. She has been actively working on the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding in a number of ways both in her home country, Canada and internationally for over 25 years. Director of INFACT (Infant Feeding Action Coalition) Canada and IBFAN (International Baby Food Action Network) North America; Founding member of the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada, and active member of its Nutrition Committee; Past Chairperson and current Co-Chair of the Non Governmental Organization/Civil Society Organizations group of the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition (present);Member of the Steering Committee of the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition (present);Is a Core Global Partner for IBFAN on the steering committee of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action - WABA (present);Is a member of the WABA-IBFAN Core Advisory Group on the governance and implementation of the global Breastfeeding Initiative for Child Survival (present).Recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, known as the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize - awarded in Sweden, 1998.

Dr M.M.A.Faridi

Professor and Head, Deptt. Of Pediatrics, Delhi University, India

Dr M.M.A. Faridi having advanced training in Neonatology from University of Illinois, Chicago, USA, is a Professor and Head, Department of Pediatrics, and I/C Division of Neonatology, University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi University and GTB Hospital Delhi. Having been decorated with State Award by Government of NCT Delhi, Dr Faridi has 30 years of teaching/training experience in the reputed medical institutions in India and Nepal. He is the National Resource Person to Government of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, National Aids Control Organization, Ministry of Women and Child Development, National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development, Government of Delhi, Government of Rajasthan, WHO, UNICEF, IBFAN, BPNI, USAID, Plan India, USAID, Care India and GFATM. He is the National Faculty for Neonatal Resuscitation, Essential District Newborn Care Program, and Facility Based Neonatal Care Program, and WHO/UNICEF Course Director, IYCF Counseling Training. Currently he is involved in the development of the 12th Five year plan on IYCF and working with NNF India to expand Facility Based Newborn Care program in India.

Elaine Petitat-Côté

Women and Child Rights Activist, IBFAN-GIFA, Switzerland

Elaine Petitat-Côté is Canadian and Swiss, as well as bilingual English-French. She studied history at the University of Geneva, majoring on issues relating to women and work; she has also done research on the history of nursing and of medical institutions in Canada. She acquired a large part of her professional experience working for NGOs in the areas of women and development, regional development, development studies. She joined IBFAN-GIFA in 2000 and since then has been focusing her attention on breastfeeding as related to human rights and specifically to child rights and to women’s rights - specifically maternity protection in relation to ILO conventions and national legislation. She has developed campaign and advocacy tools and trained on these topics on several occasions.

Professor Md Ekhlasur Rahman

Institute of Public Health Nutrition (IPHN) &
Line Director, National Nutrition Services (NNS)
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh

Professor Rehman is medical graduate from Dhaka and has been awarded Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh in 2005. Professor Rahman worked as Assistant /Associate Professor of Paediatrics from 1993 to 2004 in different public medical colleges of Bangladesh. So farProfessor Rahmanhad 95 published research papers in different national & international medical journals. He is the Co-author of 7 books. One book named ‘Essence of Pediatrics’-4th edition has been published by Elsevier, from New Delhi, in 2011. As recognition of outstanding contribution in the field of neonatal health, he was awarded Gold Medal by Dr M R Khan-Anwara Trust in 2011. Professor Rahman acquired wide professional and technical networking including Vice president of Bangladesh Paediatric Association( BPA), Member of the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), Canada,  Member of  National Committee on Immunization Practices- Bangladesh; Member of  AEFI expert review committee-Bangladesh, Member of National Technical Committee on Immunization- Bangladesh, Senior Vice President, Bangladesh Society of Neurology and Development,  and Member Secretary, Faculty of Paediatrics, Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dhaka.

Rafael Amador Rodezno

Member of uniRSE and National Specialist for Health, Nutrition and HIV for Unicef-Nicaragua.

He is a Medical Doctorfrom Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua, León. Has done hisMaster in PublicHealth, (M.P.H.) specializing in Epidemiology from Nicaragua. Master of Medical Science  (M.Sc.) in Occupational Epidemiology from Institute for Environmental Health (IMM), Department of Epidemiology, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. he has a worked on intersectoriales and interinstitucional  actions at the international, national and local level, in Public Health, Maternal and Child Health, HIV/AIDS, Environment, Occupational Safety and Health, Corportative Social Responsability (CSR), Human Development and Labor Legislation.

In Nicaragua is has been associated with UNAN León, CIES, PAHO/WHO, UNICEF,  UNDP, ILO, SAREC, SIDA, DANIDA, SiD-DANIDA, IICA, AMUNIC, AED, INDE, CONPES and OIRSA and Internationally with ABT Associates, CERSSO, USAID, DAI, PAHO/WHO, CEPIS-WHO.

Mahaman Hallarou

Chief of Prevention Division MOH Nutrition Directorate, Niger

He has more than 10 years experience in Nutrition, Maternal and Child Health programming including technical management of a four Year USAID funded Child survival Program, National Nutrition and Maternal Newborn Care Program Coordinator. He is Consultant in recent reviews of National CMAM guidelines in Niger and Sudan. He holds an MD from University of Niamey Faculty of Medicine. He Specialized in Child Nutrition as  Sr.Research Fellow  at Southern Yangtze University ( China) and currently Phd Candidate at UniversitéLibre de Bruxelles.


Marta Trejos

Regional Coordinator
Latin America and Caribbean
International Baby Food Action Network – IBFAN

She is a Lawyer and Sociologist, from University of Costa Rica and a Master degree holder on Sociology for developing countries, University of Bruselles, Belgium. She is the Steering Committee Member for World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action-WABA  gBICS – global Breastfeeding Initiative for Child Survival: adviser global Coordination Office. She is an IBFAN activist since 1981 and also a women and child right activist. Marta Trejos is the founder of a 30 years old feminist organization CEFEMINA in Costa Rica.
Involved in struggles for decent housing during 30 years and organizer of self building projects in Latin America (7000 homes in main urban cities of Costa Rica) and organization of new settlements and neighborhoods for the poorest families in various countries of Latin America.  She is also involved in community health and social development through promotion of social organizations, public action and training of health promoters and health professionals. In addition she promotes various youth organizations, women unions, community associations, academic institutions as well in Latin America.

Anne Baerug

Director of the Norwegian Resource Centre for Breastfeeding
Oslo University Hospital, Norway.

Anne Baerug was impetus in the implementation of The Baby-Friendly Initiative BFHI in Norway. She was the project-coordinator of the Norwegian part of the WHO Multicentre Growth Centre Study (1998-2002) and one of the founders of the Norwegian Resource Centre for Breastfeeding, established in 1998. She was a member of the National Nutrition Council for twelve years and initiated the first national recommendations on infant feeding (1993).She has also been a member of the mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group since 1986. Title for her presentation: Breastfeeding Support in the health care system and maternity/parental protection in Norway.


Dr. Francesco Branca

Director of the Department of Nutrition for
Health and Development World Health Organization(WHO)

Francesco Branca, director of the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, World Health Organisation since 2008, is responsible for strategic and managerial guidance of the department, including: growth assessment and surveillance; country-focused nutrition policies and programmes; reduction of micronutrient malnutrition; and nutrition in development and crisis. Dr Branca's experience includes the design, management and evaluation of public health nutrition programmes, with the aim to develop evidence-based guidelines for nutrition policies; and the design and implementation of several studies on the effects of food and nutrients on human health.

Miriam H. Labbok


Professor, Department of Maternal and Child Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Director, Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (dedicated to the ‘3Bs’: birth spacing-birth delay/birth practices/breastfeeding).

Previously, she served as the Sr. Advisor for Infant and Young Child Feeding & Care, UNICEF HQ, where she supported the Innocenti+15 conference and oversaw the revision and updates on the BFHI approach and materials; Chief, Maternal Health and Nutrition, USAID; Director, Breastfeeding and Maternal Health, Institute for Reproductive Health, and Assoc. Prof. Georgetown U; and Asst. Prof. at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Her advisor in her MD-MPH training was Dr. Cicely Williams. A founder and past president of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, leader in APHA section work, and pediatric epidemiologist, she has served as an expert and/or consultantfor theUS and NC Institutes of Medicine,the World Bank, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and WHO expert committees related to MCHN/FP, and serves on the US Secretary of Health’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality. With more than100 articles in refereed journals, more than 40 chapters and edited books, dozens of monographs, and hundreds of scientific presentations, her research, teaching and service are dedicated to operational research and translation of research evidence into well evaluated service and social change activities. She has been honored for her work by USAID, LLLI, ILCA, all of her schools of higher learning, and other organizations.

Dr.M.Homayoun Ludin


National IYCF and maternal Nutrition consultant with Ministry of Public Health Afghanistan. I am National IYCF and maternal Nutrition consultant with Ministry of Public Health Afghanistan. I am WBTI coordinator for Afghanistan, and counsel member of IBFAN One Asia Network.

I worked:

As a child survival consultant with BASICS

As a Health Manager with Norwegian Afghanistan Committee

Organizer of South Asia Breastfeeding partner forum 3 in 2006, Kabul Afghanistan


Public Health course from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in Kabul

Diploma of English Language,Kardan University, Afghanistan

Diploma course of Community medicine, University of Indonesia

Monitoring and Evaluation of Health, Nutrition in Mohidul University, Thailand

Mrs. Ateca Kama


Ateca Kama is a Senior Nutritionist working at the National Food and Nutrition Centre, Ministry of Health, Fiji; and has been the Acting Manager at the Nutrition Centre for the past year.

Mrs Kama had developed a policy brief on the Regulation to Control Marketing of Unhealthy Foods and Non Alcoholic Beverages Advertising to Children, which is currently under vetting in Fiji. Prior to this, she had contributed to the development of the Marketing Controls - Foods for Infants and Young Children, Fiji’s Code of Breastmilk Substitutes which was gazetted in May 2010.

She champions BFHI and IYCF programs in Fiji, and coordinates national trainings and assessments. Mrs Kama had also contributed to the planning and formulation of the Fiji Plan of Action for Nutrition 2010-2014; and had developed and coordinated the annual FPAN Implementation Plans since 2010. She is a member of the Health and Nutrition Cluster, and has assisted with guidelines for infant feeding and ration distribution during emergencies and disasters.

Prior to joining the National Food and Nutrition Centre, she had served at Fiji’s Central and Eastern Health Services since 2000 as the Senior Dietitian and Nutritionist; overseeing clinical dietetics, food service management and public health nutrition in ten subdivisions within the division.

Mrs Kama holds a Postgraduate Masters for Public Health, having worked with PLHIVs in Fiji to complete a research on the assessment of their dietary intake and nutritional status in 2011. On a personal note, she is married to Isikeli Kama and mom to daughters Tadra and Taufa.

Mrs. Rosemary Iilu Kafa

Halo olketa, my name is Rosemary Iilu Kafa, from the Solomon Islands. I have recently completed my Masters in Science (Human Nutrition) from Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand, after working for 15 years in the field of Public Health Nutrition in the Solomon Islands.

With a back ground in dietetics, I also do clinical nutrition and hospital food service management whenever there is a need in those areas.

My area of responsibility in Public Health Nutrition over the past years to date is Maternal and Child Health Nutrition, which Breastfeeding and Infant and Young Child Feeding are the major components.

Dr. Marina Rea

Dr. Marina Rea is a Medical Doctor, specialist in Human Lactation by Wellstart International. She has a Master and Doctorate Degree in Preventive Medicine, with operational research on breastfeeding, particularly on working women and breastfeeding, BFHI and the Code. She is a member of Brazilian Breastfeeding Committee at Minister of Health, and was former Medical Officer of the World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, responsible for breastfeeding activities.  She works as a consultant on breastfeeding implementation for WHO and UNICEF in different countries. Marina is a WABA and IBFAN member, and founded IBFAN Brazil, a network with more than 100 effective members.


Dr. JP Dadhich

(MD (Paediatrics), FNNF, PGD-DN

Dr. JP Dadhich is a senior Paediatrician based in Delhi, who has been trained in neonatology, developmental neurology, infant and young child feeding including HIV, and research methods.

He is the National Coordinator of the Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI) and the consultant for HIV and breastfeeding programmes for International Baby food Action Network (IBFAN) – Asia

He has been a consultant and resource person to various state, national and international organizations including Government of India Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, National Aids Control Organization (NACO), Ministry of Women and Child Development, National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development (NIPCCD), WHO, UNICEF, NIHFW, SNL, ICMR, IAP, NNF, State AIDS control societies, FAOPS, World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), International Baby Food Action Network, DFID, UNAIDS, UNFPA, Care India etc.

Dr Dadhich has been ex-secretary of National Neonatology Forum of India (NNF) and Editor of the Journal of Neonatology

He is a national faculty member of Neonatal Resuscitation program of NNF,, Essential District Newborn Care Program of MOH, Govt. of India and NNF and Facility based newborn care programme of NNF, UNICEF and Govt. of India. He is a national trainer on Infant and Young Child Feeding – 4 in 1 course of BPNI-IBFAN- Asia.

Having membership of prestigious academic bodies, he is a Fellow of National Neonatolgy Forum of India.

He has contributed to various journals, guidelines and textbooks on subject like neonatal care, infant feeding, HIV etc. He has been part of various research studies related with infant feeding and child survival.

He has travelled extensively in India and abroad in pursuit with his academic interests.

Dr. R.K. Anand


Head, Dept. of Pediatrics, Jaslok Hospital & Research Centre, Mumbai, India

Co-chair, International Advisory Council of WABA

Author of several books, research papers and articles published in national and international journals

Founder of Association for Consumers Action on Safety and Health (ACASH) and BPNI

Motivated the Indian Academy of Pediatrics to refuse sponsorship from infant formula companies

Initiated workshops on optimal IYCF and breastfeeding counselling in India and conducted several workshops in different parts of the world along with Dr. Felicity Savage, Mrs. Helen Armstrong, Mrs. Margaret Kenkeya and Mrs. Asha Anand

Winner of several national and international awards.  His most cherished award is the ‘Soul of Breastfeeding’ given by WABA.

Mr. Truong, Quoc Hung


Truong, Quoc Hung is a lawyer working for the Institute for Legislative Studies of the National Assembly of Vietnam (ILS). The ILS is the think-tank of the National Assembly.

Prior to joining the ILS, Mr. Hung managed several international projects to enhance the capacity of the elected bodies in Vietnam, i.e. the National Assembly and the local people’s councils.

He designed and conducted training courses for MPs, local deputies and supporting staff on all issues related to the works of the National Assembly. Since working for the ILS, Mr. Hung directly contributes to provide research and information for MPs in making law and decisions at the National Assembly.

The ILS organizes research, analysis, forums, workshops to equip MPs with all objective, scientific, honest, diverse information upon the request of the MPs and parliamentary committees. The ILS works has contributed to help the National Assembly to enhance its effectiveness and efficiency and making well-informed decisions.

Mrs. Maria de Lourdes Magalhaes


  • Master degree in Public Health, National School of Public Health - ENSP - Fundação Oswaldo Cruz – FIOCRUZ (2011).
  • Specialist Public Health (2001) for University of Brasília
  • Graduate Degree in Public and Administration (1997) for Fundação Getúlio Vargas (1996)
  • Undergraduate in Pedagogy - teaching and educational guidance license – Central University .o Brasília (1994),
  • Undergraduate in Art Education ( 1989)

Public Service, within the framework of the Ministry of Health, since 1985.

• Coordinator of Violence Prevention actions and Culture of Peace Promotion, Technical Area of Child Health and Breastfeeding, Department Program Strategic Actions.

• Member of the National Council for the Rights of Children and Adolescents at the Ministry of Health, and the Inter sector Committee to Fight Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents, and Family and Community convivial living program.

In recent years, held positions and advisory roles. Coordination and Division management in units of the Ministry of Health and linked organizations. He also held the position of Bolsa Família Program Coordinator, the National Bureau of Citizenship Income Experience in health promotion policy and program formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, prevention of violence and comprehensive health care of children, adolescents and families, income transfer, human rights as well as inter sector support to states and municipalities.

Dr. Vokyung, Song

Former President, Board Member of Consumers Korea (CK) CEO of SobijaReport (consumer magazine published by CK)

She has been serving as a consumer advocate for more than 40 years since 1970s in Korea. She is a sociologist and an emeritus professor of Seoul Women's University. Dr. Song is an honorary committee member of Anti-Corruption & Civil Rights Commission of Korea. She has been involved in breastfeeding campaigns though many different approaches since 1983. Consumers Korea has initiated breastfeeding campaign since 1983 and has done various activities to promote breastfeeding including the followings:

- Ban on advertisements of formula milk products by three major formula milk companies through accomplishing mutual agreement for ban on formula milk advertisement in March, 1991.

- Ban on advertisement of baby bottle and pacifiers through accomplishing agreement in November, 1994.

Terry Wefwafwa


Terry Wefwafwa is the Head, Division of Nutrition, Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation for Kenya.

She has worked as a district and provincial Nutrition Officer and a Programme Manager in charge of micronutrient programme efforts at the national level. In December 2011, she was awarded Head of State Commendation (HSC) for her leadership role in promoting Breastfeeding and Food Fortification in Kenya.

Patti Rundall OBE

30 years’ experience working within the global network, IBFAN, to ensure transparency and strong consumer representation in all fora where children’s food policy is decided. The aim of this work has been to end the avoidable suffering caused by inappropriate infant and young child feeding.

Her work has helped bring about significant improvements in World Health Assembly Resolutions, Recommendations, WHO/FAO Codex food standards European Union Directives and the Political Declaration on the UN Political on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases. She has helped many governments - including the UK and other EU Member States - improve protection and support for breastfeeding and protect the rights of ALL parents – those who choose to use artificial feeding as well as those who breastfeed - to sound, evidence based and independent information about infant and young child feeding. Over 70 countries have taken steps to incorporate the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and subsequent WHA Resolutions into national legislation, and where these laws are independently monitored and implemented, product safety has improved and much harmful marketing of infant feeding products has been halted.

Since 1997 Patti has convened the Baby Feeding Law Group, which has 23 health professional and mother support organisations and unions, including the Royal Colleges of Pediatrics, Nursing and Midwifery working together on marketing issues to present a coherent unified voice to EU and UK policy makers. In 2011 she helped found and coordinate the Conflict of Interest Coalition which has brought together160 international NGOs and networks with common objective of safeguarding public health policy setting from coomercial influence.

Patti has taken a special interest in the issue of sponsorship, corporate partnerships and public relations and has played a key role in improving transparency in Europe leading to the EU Commission adopting new rules in 2000 which required members of its scientific and food safety bodies to make public declarations of financial links to industry. This work is ongoing with the European Food Safety Authority.

Patti represents IBFAN on the European Commission’s Platform for Action on Diet and Physical Activity, challenging Europe’s leading food and advertising companies to halt their unethical marketing of foods for children and highlighting the risks of commercial involvement in health and education services. Baby Milk Action produced an education pack in 2000, called Seeing Through the Spin, which is used as an online resource.

Baby Milk Action organises many company campaigns, and leads the 20-country consumer boycott of the world’s largest food company, Nestle, targeted because IBFAN’s monitoring finds it to be responsible for more violations of the Code than any other company.


Ms Joyce Chanetsa

After graduating from Queensland University, Australia with a double major in Biochemistry and Microbiology, Joyce Chanetsa joined the Ministry of Health in the then newly independent Zimbabwe in 1981. She became a founder member of the National Nutrition and played an important role in defining nutrition programming in the country during that post war period. In the same year, she directed and supervised a study on the activities of infant food manufactures in health institutions. This work was documented in a report: “Baby Feeding, Behind and Towards a Health Model for Zimbabwe, Feb 1981.” The report revealed serious and unacceptable marketing practices by the baby food industry in health facilities and provided more evidence to the WHA 1981 that an International Code on marketing of infant formula was necessary. Backed by the newly endorsed International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes (May 1981) the government issued a circular in 1982 which forbade health workers to receive free samples, gratuities and other marketing materials from companies. In 1985 Zimbabwe enacted a national law on the Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes.

Prior to joining PATH, Ms. Shankar has worked for Pathfinder International, India Country Office, where she served as the Deputy Country Representative. In this position, she led the Joyce then proceeded on to undertake her post graduate studies in Human Nutrition at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1985. She then held various portfolios at the National Nutrition Department and then became part of a small team that set up the Food and Nutrition Council in Zimbabwe in 2001. She was one of the founding members of the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee in 2001 which she chaired for six years. This committee brought together an intersectoral and multi-disciplinary team of professionals who were charged with providing a better understanding of household food security and livelihood conditions in order to allow for a better understanding of emergency and development interventions.

In 2008 she joined the Regional Office of IBFAN Africa in Swaziland as the Coordinator to continue her work of protecting infant and maternal health which she started almost 30 years ago.

Dr.Arun Gupta

Dr.Arun Gupta, a paediatrician of 37 years experience, is one of the founder and central coordinator of the Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI). He works as the regional coordinator of International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) Asia. He is a Member of the Prime Ministers Council for India’s Nutrition Challenges. He is the Chair of global breastfeeding initiative for child survival (gBICS).

He chose to give up private practice to work for breastfeeding policy, has been able to bring “breastfeeding” issues to forefront of discussions both at national level and international level. He has extensively written in the Economic and Political Weekly and other media. He is the creator of World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi), a breakthrough tool to measure inputs to increase breastfeeding rates and generate action. This is already rooted in 82 countries.



Felicity Savage

Felicity or Felix is a paediatrician, trained at Oxford University, who worked in Africa and Indonesia for 18 years. She became interested in community work, nutrition, and training of health workers, eventually specialising entirely in breastfeeding from the beginning of the Baby Friendly Initiative.

She started teaching on breastfeeding in the 1980s with Helen Armstrong, and in 1993 joined WHO as a Medical Officer where she co-ordinated the development of the WHO/UNICEF Breastfeeding Counselling course, which has been used and adapted in many countries, and which has now been revised and updated.

She was the founding Director of the Breastfeeding Practice and Policy course at the Institute of Child Health in London, and is now Chairperson of the WABA Steering Committee.



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