United States threatens nations over world breastfeeding resolution, shocking health officials

United States threatens nations over world breastfeeding resolution, shocking health officials

United States threatens nations over world breastfeeding resolution, shocking health officials

Ecuador backed down, and at least a dozen countries avoided the resolution out of fear of retaliation by the United States.

According to Trump himself, the account was just more "fake news" from the "failing" New York Times. In fact, the WHO Code is primarily concerned with the misleading marketing of such products in ways that explicitly discourage breastfeeding as a choice, especially within poor communities, as The Guardian observed: "Formula promotion is a particular issue in poorer countries because there is a higher risk of pneumonia and diarrhoea for babies, and with a lack of access to healthcare mothers are less informed about the benefits of breastfeeding". "Many women need this option because of malnutrition and poverty", Trump said. Ultimately - and we're not making this up - Russian Federation intervened, and the resolution passed.

The United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly in Geneva this spring became the scene of a surprising showdown, as the USA battled with other nations over a resolution supporting the use of breast milk, the New York Times reported Sunday.

The Ecuadorian delegation, for instance, was expected to introduce the resolution but was weaned off the idea after the USA threatened to impose harmful trade measures and withdraw military assistance-which the U.S. is providing in the northern part of the country to help address violence spilling over the border from Colombia.

"The resolution as originally drafted placed unnecessary hurdles for mothers seeking to provide nutrition to their children", an HHS spokesperson told the Times. "They should be equally supported with information and access to alternatives for the health of themselves and their babies".

The New York Times alleges the United States attempted to browbeat others countries into dropping the resolution.

- The U.S. opposed a World Health Assembly resolution to encourage breastfeeding because it called for limits on the promotion of infant formula, not because of objections to breastfeeding, President Donald Trump tweeted Monday. A World Health Organization meet which was expected to pass smoothly a resolution to support breast-feeding, turned nasty when the U.S. attempted to block it.

The baby formula industry, which is dominated by USA and European companies, has seen stagnant sales in wealthy countries in recent years as breastfeeding becomes more common.

But baby formula represents a huge global market - worth $47 billion in 2015, according to Euromonitor International - dominated by a handful of groups, several of them American, with emerging markets accounting for most current growth.

He added that although the group didn't find negative effects on infant mortality on populations with clean water, that "doesn't mean there's no difference between breast milk and formula".

Efforts to further promote breastfeeding initiatives in 2018 were met, reportedly, with unexpected hostility from U.S. Their sales have increased, however, in developing countries.

They also sought to hinder World Health Organization efforts to provide lifesaving medications to undeveloped countries.

Ilona Kickbusch, director of the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute of worldwide and Development Studies in Geneva, said there was a growing fear that the Trump administration could cause lasting damage to worldwide health institutions like the WHO that have been vital in containing epidemics like Ebola and the rising death toll from diabetes and cardiovascular disease in the developing world.

The New York Times says the United States threatened Ecuador and other small countries with trade and military repercussions, but it provides no evidence to support the claim outside of anonymous sources.

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