In Kenya, Encouraging Breastfeeding at the Community Level is Saving Lives

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By: Evelyn Matiri, Nutrition Advisor, MCSP/PATH; Justine Kavle, Senior Technical Officer for Nutrition, MCSP/PATH

What helps save the lives of about 800,000 babies every year and doesn’t cost a dime? Breastfeeding. Of all preventive health interventions, breastfeeding—done within the first hour of life, exclusively for the first six months, and until age two—has the greatest potential impact on child survival, with the ability to avert 13% of deaths in children under five in the developing world (Lancet 2013). In Kenya, national rates of exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months of life have increased dramatically — from 32% in 2008/09 to 61% in 2014… read more