The celebrations that takes place from 1st - 7th August was under the theme Understanding the Past - Planning the Future: Celebrating 10 years of WHO/UNICEF's Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding with its objective being to recall what has happened in the past 20 years and celebrate successes and achievements.
On 3rdth August 2012, Uganda Health Communication Alliance (UHCA) in partnership with FHI360 (FANTA 3) and Ministry of Health with support from USAID, organised a half day media dialogue as part of the activities to commemorate the World Breastfeeding Week which runs from 1st to 7th August of every year. The dialogue which adopted the WBW 2010 theme: “Understanding the Past - Planning the Future” was attended by 45 participants including journalists from both print and electronic media and CSOs and Ministry of Health officials from various organisations.
The widespread shift in the developing world from large families to smaller families is arguably one of the most important social transformations of the 20th century, and it parallels a similar transition that took place in the developed world much earlier and at a much slower pace.
Starting from an average of more than five children per family in the 1970s, couples in the developing world had about 2.5 children on average in the decade 1994–2005, although the range across countries has remained very wide.While many factors have had a role in this transformation in childbearing, one of the main mechanisms through which smaller family size has been achieved is the increased use of contraception, made available through public sector family planning programs, nongovernmental organizations and the private sector, including clinics and pharmacies.
The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agreed by the United Nations (UN) World Summit in 2000, were widely acclaimed as a landmark for the 21st century (1). Nevertheless, several international organizations were disappointed that sexual reproductive health (SRH) had not been explicitly mentioned in the MDGs. With the influential support of WHO, they embarked on a lobbying campaign to persuade the UN to include reproductive health (RH) in the MDGs by the time of the UN’s next World Summit, which was scheduled for 2005.
Nearly 600 women have become pregnant despite using a popular contraceptive implant, a health watchdog has said. There have also been more than 1,600 reports of adverse reactions to the Implanon device, which is designed to prevent pregnancy for three years. The NHS has been forced to pay compensation to several women because of the failures, Channel 4 News reported. The implant maker, MSD, said no contraceptive was 100% effective. It added that unwanted pregnancies may occur if the implant was not correctly inserted, and said it had a failure rate of less than 1% if inserted correctly. The implant is a small plastic rod which releases hormones into the bloodstream, and is inserted under the skin of a woman's arm by a nurse or doctor.