Rwanda Among 20 Countries With The Highest Breastfeeding Rates

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According to the Global Breastfeeding Scorecard 2017, a baby born in Rwanda is more likely to be exclusively breastfed up to six months compared to those born anywhere else in across the globe.

The latest research Rwanda is among top 20 countries in the world that are on the right track in exclusive breastfeeding as part of child and mother well-being.

The report published  a list of 23 countries that have achieved exclusive breastfeeding rates above 60 per cent which among others include Bolivia, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Eritrea, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Micronesia, Federated States of Nauru, Nepal, Peru, Rwanda, São Tome and Principe, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, Uganda, Vanuatu, and Zambia.

According to the latest Demographic and Health Surveys  2015 – Rwanda has, for the past 10 years, kept over 85% of infants under the age of six months exclusively breastfed. In the same vein, Rwanda do hold the a 1,000 days campaign on, among other things, the importance of breastfeeding.

The report indicates that there is no country in the world that fully meets recommended standards for breastfeeding, according to a new report by UNICEF and WHO in collaboration with the Global Breastfeeding Collective, a new initiative to increase global breastfeeding rates.

The data indicates that 194 nations evaluated found that only 40 per cent of children younger than six months are breastfed exclusively (given nothing but breastmilk) and only 23 countries have exclusive breastfeeding rates above 60 per cent.

Rwanda passed a legislation that mandates 13 weeks of maternity leave with 100 percent of previous earnings paid for by the employer’s funds.

The country registered 49.2 of primary health care facilities offer individual IYCF counselling.









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