training of breastfeeding peer counselors for TSEK Exclusive Breastfeeding or Gumagabay sa Nanay sa Tamang Pagpapasuso.
What is the reason for the TSEK campaign? Exclusive breastfeeding rates in the Philippines are at a dismal low of 34% (for babies 0-6months) and a lot of moms give their infants water. Even if moms just eliminate the water, exclusive breastfeeding rates will actually increase. Research shows that 1 out of 4 Filipino kids are malnourished. Studies have shown that malnourished kids are usually those who started with being bottlefed. If moms choose to exclusively breastfeed their babies, then rates of malnourished children will definitely decrease. Malnourishment is seen to be a chain of events which starts with the wrong feeding practices at infancy. TSEK seeks to curb malnutrition by promoting and increasing breastfeeding rates in this country.
|listening to the lectures|
Arugaan is now on the 2nd leg of training in the cities of Caloocan, Taguig, Pateros, Paranaque, Mandaluyong and Makati. The next leg will target the cities of Naga, Iloilo and Zamboanga. Visits to more cities are scheduled to follow with th end goal of training 5,000 counselors in 32 key cities.
|Nanay Ines of Arugaan talking to the participants|
|questions and answers|
How can you help? You can choose to donate goods or money. You can donate any amount of funds or goods. For example, you can pledge 20 bags of giveaways or 20 bars of soap. Interested to help? You can email Velvet of Arugaan, the project coordinator to send your donations. This is such a worthy project and Arugaan will be grateful for any help extended. Please spread the word!
*Kindly note that Arugaan does not accept sponsorship or donations of any kind from business interests associated with the production or sale of breastmilk substitutes, related equipment, breastpumps and complementary foods.