Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Don't send formula to Burma or China

Disaster relief agencies have made it clear that they do not welcome donations of infant formula when responding to emergencies such as the cyclone in Burma and the earthquake in China.

To often donated formula is distributed without care and undermines breastfeeding. In addition labels are often in the wrong language. For those infants that do need to be formula fed it is far better for agencies to source formula locally and distribute it in a carefully targeted way.

So please don't send donations of formula. It is far better to send money.

If you are in the UK or other countries in the European Union it is actually illegal to export formula with labels in the wrong language.

We have worked closely with the Emergency Nutrition Network. See its website for appropriate responses at:

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