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Qatar observes World Breastfeeding Week

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), Primary Health Care Corporation PHCC), and private hospitals in Qatar are celebrating the World Breastfeeding Week from August 1 to Aug. 7.
Healthcare institutions in the country launched an awareness campaign on the importance of breastfeeding and its benefits for mothers and babies. The campaign focuses on the importance of the mother’s milk due to its safety. The campaign also encourages mothers to rely on breastfeeding by highlighting the drawbacks of baby formulas.
The campaign also addresses some of the common misconceptions on breastfeeding.
As part of efforts to strengthen the trend towards breastfeeding, Hamad Medical Corporation has allocated breastfeeding clinics in the outpatient departments of the Women’s Health and Research Center and Al-Wakra Hospital, where these clinics operate from Sunday to Thursday throughout the week from 7am to 3pm, while The Primary Health Care Corporation has designated places to receive breastfeeding consultations in maternity and childhood clinics in primary health care centres, where the centres operate throughout the week from Sunday to Thursday.
Head of an initiative on healthy children and teenagers Sadriya Al Kahwaji, part of the National Health Strategy Ministry of Public Health, said the national strategy assigns a high priority to breastfeeding, noting that they have a target to increase breastfeeding by 15 percent in the first six months of the baby’s life.
She added that the ministry, in cooperation with Hamad Medical Corporation, Primary Health Care Corporation, is working on enhancing breastfeeding among children younger than six months, with the ultimate goal of lowering the mortality rate of children under five years of age.