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Guatemala launches breastfeeding information campaign in times of COVID-19
- The campaign that circulates in radio media is developed by CATIE, SESAN, the Nutrition Cluster and the European Union
June 16, 2020 With the purpose of orienting the population of the municipality of Momostenango, in Guatemala, about the care that a nursing mother should have in order to continue breastfeeding her baby, in case she is a suspect or a positive case of COVID-19, the Project National Information Platform on Nutrition (PiNN) executed by CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Teaching Center), and financed by the European Union, has started an information campaign with a message on the subject that is broadcasted through the radio.
The radio spot is part of a series of coordinated actions with nutrition specialists from the Secretariat of Food and Nutritional Security (SESAN) and the Guatemalan Nutrition Cluster, which brings together more than 25 government institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and cooperating partners working for food and nutritional security. Also, the Municipal Commission for Food and Nutritional Security (COMUSAN, its Spanish acronym), from the municipality of Momostenango, joins this initiative.
According to Julio López, CATIE's representative in Guatemala, the entire population needs to be informed and made aware of this type of message because, to date, the virus has not been detected to be active in breast milk and this is an essential food for babies.
According to Sandra Recinos, a nutrition consultant with Project PiNN, breast milk given to babies in their first hours of life protects them from many illnesses, including coronavirus, because breast milk is the best source of nutrition for the baby, "which is why breastfeeding mothers, whether confirmed or suspected of COVID-19, should be encouraged to continue to breastfeed their babies," Recinos said.
The message is disseminated through the radio as this medium was considered to have the greatest reach and access to the population in the current scenario.
Finally, Eduardo Say, coordinator of the PiNN Project, pointed out that the radio spot was translated into K'iche', the second language with the greatest number of Mayan speakers, and because it is the language of Momostenango, the project's pilot municipality.
We invite you to listen to the spot in:
Communicator PiNN Project