Webinar World Breastfeeding Week 2020

Webinar World Breastfeeding Week 2020
Webinar World Breastfeeding Week 2020

The Pan American Health Organization and the Ministry of Health of Trinidad and Tobago cordially invite you to a webinar organized as part of the activities for World Breastfeeding Week. The webinar will take place on Tuesday, 4 August, 2020, from 10.00 to 12.00 pm (AST or Port of Spain time). 

This webinar will include the participation of the Honourable Minister of Health, Terrence Deyalsingh; and Dr. Erica Wheeler, PAHO/WHO Representative. During the session, the experiences of Trinidad and Tobago in achievements and challenges in the breasfeeding program and of Brazil in establishing of Human Milk Banking will be shared.

How to participate

The event will be in English.



  • Welcome and Opening Remarks –  Mrs. Debra Thomas,  Manager, Breastfeeding Coordination Unit, MoH, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Remarks  – Dr. Erica Wheeler, PAHO/WHO Representative

  • Remarks  – Dr. Adesh Sirjusingh, Director of Women’s Health, MOH, Trinidad and Tobago

  • Introduction of panelists and moderatorDr. Taraleen Malcolm, NCD/MH Advisor, PAHO

  • Impact of Training on Breastfeeding Outcome – Professor Mohamed Omer, Board Member, Breastfeeding Association of Trinidad and Tobago (TBATT)

  • Support breastfeeding:  Healthier Mothers, Healthier Babies, Healthier PlanetDr. Audrey Morris, Decentralized Regional Advisor, Food and Nutrition, PAHO

  • Q&ADr. Elisa Prieto, Subregional Advisor, NCD/MH, Moderator

  • Brazil – Achievements in the establishment of Human Milk Banking – Dr. Danielle Silva, Coordinator, Brazilian Network of Human Milk Banks, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation

  • MOH Trinidad & Tobago – Achievements and challenges in the breastfeeding programme –   Mrs. Debra Thomas, Manager, Breastfeeding Coordination Unit, MoH, Trinidad and Tobago

  • Q&A  Dr. Elisa Prieto, Subregional Advisor, NCD/MH, Moderator

  • Closing remarks and introduction of next day’s event –  Dr Fabio Gomes, Department of Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health (NMH), PAHO


Time correspondence

  • 7.00 am.- Los Angeles
  • 8:00 am. -  Belmopan, Guatemala City, San José, San Salvador, Tegucigalpa
  • 9:00 am.- Bogota, Kingston, Lima, Mexico City, Panama City, Quito
  • 10:00 am.- Brigdetown, Castries, Georgetown, La Paz, Nassau, Port of Spain, Santiago de Chile, Santo Domingo, Washington DC
  • 11:00 am.- Brasilia, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Paramaribo

For other cities, you can check the time correspondance in the following link

About World Breastfeeding Week

World Breastfeeding Week, celebrated every year the first week of August,  is a global campaign to raise awareness and galvanise action on themes related to breastfeeding. PAHO joins the global community to support the efforts to strengthen measures to protect, promote, and support the right to breastfeeding across the Region of the Americas. 

“Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet!” has been selected by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding (WABA), as this year’s theme for World Breastfeeding Week 2020.  The theme focuses on the impact of infant feeding on the environment/climate change and the imperative to protect, promote and support breastfeeding for the health of the planet and its people.

Investing in breastfeeding can save infant lives and improve the health, social and economic development of individuals and nations. Therefore, and an enabling environment for breastfeeding, as well as the other facets of infant and young child feeding, must be created. The protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding require coordinated actions during normal times and perhaps even more so during emergencies. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the fore the need to advocate for breastfeeding as a public health intervention that saves lives and prevents infections and illnesses in the wider population.

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World Breastfeeding Week 2020