Fez-Meknes: More than 114,000 beneficiaries of the national campaign to promote natural breastfeeding

The regional directorate of health and social protection, the region of Fez-Meknes, has indicated that more than 114,000 people have benefited, at the level of the region, from the national campaign to promote breastfeeding.

The campaign, organized for a month under the banner “Breastfeeding: for a better investment in the development of early childhood”, recorded at the level of the region, “honorable” results in compliance with the objectives set for of the efforts made by all the actors and partners, underlines the management.

Reporting 6,568 awareness sessions in health centers, 749 in maternity wards and 126 sessions in pediatric wards, the Management specifies that the number of women beneficiaries reached 96,374 while that of men stood at 10,170.

As for the sensitization activities carried out by the partners, there were 122 of them, targeting 5,895 women and 1,850 men.

Launched by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, in partnership with the National Initiative for Human Development (INDH), the national campaign to promote breastfeeding is part of the national nutrition program.

This awareness campaign, which was held from May 14 to June 14, aimed to encourage women to early and exclusive breastfeeding, and highlight its health benefits based on several scientific studies. who have shown that breastfeeding during the first six months of a child’s life gives a better chance of having good growth during childhood and adolescence.

These benefits are not just for the child, but also for the mother, reducing the risk of many diseases in women such as breast and ovarian cancer, diabetes and heart disease, according to the ministry.

According to the ministry, a lot of efforts are to be deployed in order to achieve the national objective by 2025, which is to achieve an early breastfeeding rate within the hour following childbirth of 50%, and 50% also for the rate of exclusive breastfeeding during the first 6 months of life.

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