World Breastfeeding Week 2016



“Breastfeeding: A Key to Sustainable Development”

The theme for the World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) helps to remind us of our commitment to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Every year, Uganda and the world at large commemorates WBW in the month of August from the 1st to the 7th. The objectives for this year’s WBW in Uganda are:

  • To inform people about the Uganda Vision 2040 and how it relates to breastfeeding and Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF).
  • To firmly anchor breastfeeding as a component of prosperity.
  • To engage and collaborate with a wider range of actors around promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding.

After a week filled with advocating for breastfeeding, the World Breastfeeding Week 2016 climaxed off with an awareness walk, accompanied by a rambunctious band, through the town of Kampala from Mulago Hospital to the CHOGM Grounds. The chief walker was State Minister of Primary Health Care Hon. Moriku Joyce and in her speech at the CHOGM Grounds given after the walk she appealed to the masses to continue with the spirit of supporting mothers in all ways especially breastfeeding.

“…….in our struggle to attain middle income status, as a country, by 2040, it is activities such as those that work towards health promotion that we need to embrace. Activities such as protecting, supporting and promoting breastfeeding which in turn largely contributes to reducing child mortality, maternal mortality and child malnutrition,” said Hon. Joyce.

Captions from the WBW 2016

written by Tracy L. Birungi