SWBO launch in Senegal

Senegal has launched the Stronger With Breastmilk Only initiative, becoming the ninth country to do so in the West and Central Africa Region. The initiative is a collaboration supported by UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), and Alive & Thrive, to increase the rate of exclusive breastfeeding and to strengthen breastfeeding programs and policies.


A series of articles published in Le Monde Afrique highlights the importance of exclusive breastfeeding across West Africa and discusses the obstacles to achieving the target of 50% exclusive breastfeeding by 2025. Read more here.

Fb live

Thousands of people learned about the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes as it celebrates its 40th anniversary during Facebook Live events featuring world-leading experts. Learn more here


Three journalists will be recognized for their exceptional reporting on maternal, infant, and young child nutrition, as part of a national competition in Burkina Faso that will culminate during World Breastfeeding Week. The competition is a collaboration of Alive & Thrive and the Ministry of Health. Read more here



The Global Breastfeeding Collective is organizing a global webinar during World Breastfeeding Week to introduce new tools and resources to support skilled breastfeeding counselling to all women during the first thousand days of their children’s lives. 



More than 250 ​people from across the region registered to the regional webinar “Implementing the Code and relevant World Health Assembly resolutions in West and Central Africa” organized by UNICEF​, World Health Organization, Alive & Thrive, Helen Keller International and IBFAN Afrique in collaboration with the West Africa Health Or

Nigeria BFHI

New national guidelines on implementing the baby friendly initiative in Nigeria are close to final after a two-year effort led by the Federal Ministry of Health with support from Alive & Thrive and UNICEF.