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UNICEF urges end to instant milk donations for disaster-hit areas

  • Erwida Maulia

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 22 2008   /  01:41 pm

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called for an end to donations of formula milk for children in disaster areas, saying such breast-milk substitutes put them at high risk of diarrhea. UNICEF representative to Indonesia Gianfranco Rotigliano said nutrition for infants and young children in emergencies was "of paramount importance and needs serious attention". "We know a decline in breast-feeding indicates an increase in the use of formula milk, which, even if used correctly, is inferior to breast-milk," Rotigliano said in a press statement Friday. Formula milk consumption among children under two in earthquake-devastated Yogyakarta has doubled thanks to donations of infant formula after the 2006 disaster, UNICEF found in a study with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the local health office and Gadjah Mada University. ...