Departmental Activities
Department of Community Medicine / PSM
World Breastfeeding week 1st-7th Aug

Theme : “Taking Stock of Policies and Programmes”

Twenty years ago India and the World celebrated its first World Breastfeeding Week with the theme “Baby –Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI)”. Each year there has been a path breaking theme, this year it is “Taking Stock of Policies and Programmes”, to celebrate successes and achievements of past 20 years.

India started measuring breastfeeding indicators in 1992, and yet no improvement has been shown till date, barring a small rise in only one of the indicators i.e. the initiation of breastfeeding within one hour of birth. Other two indicators i.e. exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and timely & appropriate complementary feeding after six months along with continued breastfeeding have remained stagnant. At the same time it is possible that the steep decline that happened in 70s and 80s may have stopped.
Department of Community Medicine Ashwini Rural Medical College, Hospital & Research Centre, Kumbhari has taken initiative
  1. To Celebrate successes and achievements of past 20 years

  2. To identify the gaps that exists and calls for action to bridge these gaps.

  3. To raise awareness among public and policy makers about these gaps in policies and programmes related to breastfeeding and infant and young child feeding.

  4. To share the action taken with the national and global community.