The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) is a global network of individuals
& organisations concerned with the protection, promotion & support of breastfeeding worldwide.
WABA action is based on the Innocenti Declaration, the Ten Links for Nurturing the Future and the
Global Strategy for Infant & Young Child Feeding. WABA is in consultative status with UNICEF & an NGO
in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).
Breastfeeding and HIV
Protecting Babies, Empowering Mothers

Documents for Advocacy!

   The Barcelona Bill of Rights aims to advance the recognition, protection, and fulfillment of women's and girls' human rights as a fundamental component of policies and programs to address HIV/AIDS. Read it on the Anthena Network website

  The Blueprint for Action on Women and Girls and HIV/AIDS calls for action on areas that fuel this epidemic globally for women including: stigma, discrimination, treatment and research challenges. Read it on the Positive Women's Network website

The Joint Statement is out!

  The Joint Statement on Gender, Child Survival and HIV&AIDS: From Evidence to Policy is ready for endorsement! The Joint Statement was adopted by Conference participants and other network partners. The Joint Statement calls upon all who are actively involved in HIV/AIDS issues to support gender equity for the health of women, children, families and communities. Join in to show your support by endorsing the Joint Statement and distribute it far and wide! To download the Joint Statement click for English | Spanish | Portuguese

  Download the report of the Conference here

 Click here to see photos from the conference

Toronto Conference Report

The goals of the conference to create a safe space for discussions and to promote understanding among participants from various interest groups were achieved. Participants comprised of representative from HIV & AIDS, women, children, human rights faith-based, reproductive health and breastfeeding groups, networks and institutions critically examined the role of gender in health research, and how evidence is used (or not used) to direct policy relevant to women's health, infant health, and HIV/AIDS. The conference incorporated these multiple perspectives, as well as review the latest research on the transmission of HIV and the health outcomes of different infant feeding options, often missing from clinical discussions of pediatric AIDS (also referred to as mother-to-child-transmission, MTCT). For more details please see section on programme.

"You are fighting for the survival of women and infants, recognizing the excruciating dimension of HIV transmission, addressing it in a sophisticated, knowledgeable way, even if on occasion, it means replacement feeding in circumstances where you might wish otherwise. You're fundamentally fighting for the emancipation of women, and there is no fight in this world more worthwhile"

Stephen Lewis, UN special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa
(WABA-UNICEF HIV and Infant Feeding Colloquium, Arusha, Tanzania, 2002)

We thank all participants, volunteers and sponsors  who contributed to making this conference a success. The conference was made possible with support from: Founders College, African Studies Program, Graduate Programme in Social Anthropology, Health and Society Programme, National Network on Environments and Women's Health (NNEWH), Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women's Health, Dean Robert Drummond- Faculty of Arts, York Centre for Asian Research, Department of Anthropology, Graduate Programme in Women's Studies, Sexuality Studies Programme, Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence, INFACT Canada, Canadian AIDS Society, Vice-President Academic- Sheila Embleton.


The conference was organised by WABA and York University. For more information, contact:

Liew Mun Tip, Deputy Director, World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action
PO Box 1200, 10850  Penang, Malaysia, Email:

Dr. Penny Van Esterik, Department of Anthropology, Vari Hall, York University,
4700 Keele St. Toronto M3J1P3, Canada. Email:  Website:



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