Alert cases of child abduction in Piura, how to prevent?

Less than a month ago, a Piura mother told of her terrible experience when she almost lost her baby due to an attempted kidnapping, in the Miraflores neighborhood of the district of Castilla.

Through social networks, Carola Zevallos recounted the moment of terror she experienced while breastfeeding her youngest child in the back of her car.

“A man holding my baby and pulling him tight, I hugged my baby and started screaming desperately.”

The woman said that-fortunately-the man released him and fled the area.

Several users spoke about it through social networks. Some warned that the same situation occurred in the AH Santa Rosa, of Twenty-sixth of October.

How to prevent?

Although no parent wants to think about the possibility that their child might be the victim of a kidnapping, it is important to take preventive measures to teach children to avoid potentially dangerous situations.

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  1. Never leave your child alone in the car, even if it is a ‘little minute’ to pick up an order or make a quick purchase. Every occasion is profitable for criminals.
  2. If you take him to school, try to go with time and be well enough to accompany him to the door. If it is not possible, in any case, keep an eye on the school, do not take it for granted.
  3. When lowering the children of the car, remove them better by the side of the path; and, if you lower one while taking out the other, do not place it behind you, out of sight.
  4. Tell him not to open to strangers. Do not leave your child alone at home, never! But if he is alone, tell him not to open the door to anyone. Not even the neighbor or the one in the store.
  5. Make sure you know your full name, address and phone number as soon as you can memorize this information. If you go to crowded places, you can paint your cell phone number on your forearm.
  6. Teach your child to scream. Your child should learn to ask for help and should make as much noise as possible in case a stranger tries to kidnap him. That fear does not paralyze you in the first moments with a stranger may depend on your luck.
  7. Tell him that he must trust his instincts and that if something raises suspicions, he should get away as soon as possible. If you are old enough to understand it and use it properly, self-defense classes are not superfluous.
  8. Teach you how to make emergency calls or close family members. It is important that you do not trust all of your options for mobile phone contacts. All children should memorize at least three or four phones of people or places of trust as family or school.
  9. Remind him that he should never approach an adult he does not know without your permission, especially if that person is in a vehicle.
  10. Teach him to always be accompanied by a friend and not leave the group when he is with his friends.
  11. Explain to your child what information is private. Tell your child that the names, address and how many people are in the house are things you should never say. Sometimes adults fall into this trap and provide information to a stranger by phone, children are also vulnerable. This advice should also be addressed in the use of the Internet.
  12. Learn to listen to your child. If he tells you that he does not want to be with a certain person, find out what the reason is, pay attention to his behavior. In general, children are “transparent” and parents can detect when something unusual happens to them if they are attentive.

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Children’s traffic network

Child trafficking is not a myth anywhere in the world, much less in our region. Recently, they arrested Cintia Carolina Tello Preciado (32) , a native of the Pariñas district (Talara province) and the former director of the National Police, Oscar Raúl Becerra Velarde , a native of Castilla (province of Piura), for being part of the organization criminal ‘Los Desalmados del Tráfico Humano’ , dedicated to the sale of minors (babies).

The couple bought babies for 4 thousand soles to traffic with their organs or for illegal adoptions.

Both fell in a police mega operative that began from the three in the morning in Arequipa with the result of a baby of five months rescued and 12 stopped.

‘The Human Traffickers ‘ are investigated since last May for the alleged crimes of the criminal organization, aggravated trafficking (sale of children, babies) and abortion.

Half a million people in Zimbabwe vaccinated for cholera that leaves 49 dead

Zimbabwe today launched a vaccination campaign of half a million people against the outbreak of cholera that has caused, at the moment, 49 dead and thousands of infected, the great majority in Harare.

A total of 500,000 doses of the Euvichol vaccine are available for a campaign that will last until next Sunday, the Health Ministry said in a statement.

The immunization will focus first on children under one child who live in the most deprived suburbs of Harare.

“If a person receives the first and second dose in a space of six months, then the vaccination will work effectively for five years,” said the head of Epidemiology, Portia Manangazira.

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The vaccines will be administered in community facilities and churches, as hospitals in the affected areas are crowded with cholera patients, according to local media.

The government insists that infections have slowed since the outbreak broke out in the western neighborhoods of Glen View and Budiriro, in Harare, early last September, and spread rapidly to infect almost 10,000 people.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said that if the vaccination is carried out before the start of summer rains in December, a new wave of cholera infections could be avoided.

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“The rainy season is a big risk factor,” WHO consultant Marc Poncin was quoted as saying by state newspaper The Herald.

The outbreak of cholera, an infectious disease characterized by abundant watery diarrhea, emerged in the slums of Glen View and Budiriro, after the leak in a sewage pipeline that contaminated the water from community wells that supply the neighbors.

Most of the peripheral areas in this city of more than 1.5 million depend on community wells since there is no potable water network.

The last 11th, the authorities declared a state of emergency, with the banning of street rallies in Harare, and the street vending of meat and fish, which some locals ignore as their only means of subsistence.

This outbreak of cholera is already the deadliest since 2008/09 when the disease caused more than 4,000 deaths and more than 100,000 infections in Zimbabwe.

Aquarius recovers 141 migrants for its recovery mission

The humanitarian ship Aquarius rescued Friday 141 people off the coast of Libya on its first mission since it resumed sea. He said he is now waiting for instructions from the Libyan rescue coordination center.

The boat managed by the Franco-German SOS Mediterranean Association and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) first recovered 25 migrants on Friday, including six women, who were on a small wooden boat about 25 nautical km) from the Libyan coast.

The conditions were calm and sunny, but the boat, weighed down by too many passengers, was very little above the waterline. Those on board seemed tense and worried as the rescuers approached.

Later, another 116 people were removed from a second wooden boat in the same area, including 38 women and 73 minors. Although larger, this ship was also overcrowded.

No referral to Libya

The Libyan coastguard, the coordinating authority for rescues, has been informed, the Aquarius says on its online logbook. The Aquarius, who sailed last week for its tenth mission this year, still does not know where it can get those rescued on Friday. According to international law, refugees rescued at sea can not be put back in danger.

The crew made it clear before leaving that they would not send migrants back to Libya because the country is not considered a safe haven for migrants and refugees, both by the United Nations and the European Union.

The Aquarius resumed the sea on 1 August after being the subject of a dispute in June between Italy and Malta that had refused to receive migrants collected at sea. He had spent nine days at sea before to be able to land in Spain the migrants he had collected. The conflict has had repercussions throughout the EU and caused political tensions between Rome and Paris.

More than 650,000 arrivals

Under pressure from Italy and Malta, most humanitarian ships no longer patrol off the coast of Libya. More than 650,000 migrants have arrived on the Italian coast since 2014.

Although departures from Libya have dropped dramatically this year, smugglers are still pushing boats out to sea. Some 720 people died in June and July when NGO ships were mostly absent from the area, Amnesty International estimates.

Parent warriors: a non-profit initiative for children and adults with disabilities

It is the first Integral Rehabilitation Center of Tandil, and its construction was promoted by 15 families, thanks to donations and festivals organized by the same members and neighbors of the community

When we talk about disability, often the feeling of vulnerability is so present in the daily lives of those who suffer from it, as well as in the family nucleus. With this idea, a group of parents worried about the lack of information and advice began an arduous path in search of the help of others who were in the same situation of uncertainty. Thus was born the project known today as CIANE -an association formed by parents of exceptional children-, and whose inauguration promises to be a great event in Tandil and its surroundings.

It is the first Integral Rehabilitation Center for children with different disabilities that will work in the area. All thanks to the teamwork of at least 15 parents who, with the same dream, worked hard to collect the money necessary to achieve the goal since 2006.

With the help of professionals, donations, advice and collaboration of an entire city, today CIANE is in its last stages (Facebook CIANE)

It was in 2007 when this initiative began to take on the necessary color, thanks to the donation of a two-hectare plot where today the much-awaited physical space for the assistance of children and adults with disabilities is being built. Although there is still no opening date, it is estimated that its doors will open this year.

“In 2006, the need arose for a place where there are professionals who can comprehensively address the task of rehabilitation of our children, beyond the advice given to us as a family in legal matters, disability certificates or advice with social works. that integrates all the questions that you have to address when you have a child with a disability, “explained Arabela Lanz, member of the NGO, to Diario de Tandil.

“First we settled as a civil association, and we started to analyze what we could have, donated a plot of two hectares, we wrote it, and from that, with the help of professionals, we started to build the physical plant of what is going to to be the Integral Rehabilitation Center for Children with Disabilities, “he said.

With the help of professionals, more donations and the collaboration of the entire community of Tandil, today CIANE is in its last stages.

Different kinds of events are organized in order to raise the necessary funds to complete the construction of the expected center (Facebook CIANE)

It is the union of an entire community to promote education and advice for those who need it most. A group of parents – far from being seated – decided to accompany hundreds of families who are living through the same problem that they have already experienced.

“The need was the reason that united us, only those who go through these situations know what counts and what does not.” Feeling alone, not fully advised, with all the needs our children have, offers a plus. other parents go through the same thing and we work for that, we want our children to have the rehabilitation they deserve and that will improve their quality of life, that is our job as parents.

These parents carry out different activities on an annual basis in order to achieve the desired goal

Bosco is one of the guys who inspired this project. His parents Arabela and Diego, members of this initiative, told Infobae about their history and the complications they had to face after learning about their son’s disability, Kabuki syndrome, known as a genetic disorder characterized by unusual facial features. , skeletal abnormalities and mild to moderate mental retardation.

“When Bosco was born, nothing was as we expected, our house became a kind of hospital in a short time, but luckily a geneticist managed to name my son’s syndrome, which allowed us to understand and anticipate several characteristic symptoms of The pathology Nothing is as it should, social works permanently deny access to health, ignoring all laws and treaties that recognize rights, being essential to avail of Amparo resources to access them, “said Arabela.

This family is one of 15 that knew how to go through the same path and today they decide to help others with their resources. The importance of the exchange of experiences can not only facilitate a diagnosis in time and form but also anticipate bureaucratic procedures and obstacles inherent in the system to which the parents of children with disabilities, unfortunately, face daily.

Palestinian refugees in Bethlehem united to deal with disability

Islam Abu Aouda, a Palestinian mother of six children, was born as a refugee in the Aida camp in Bethlehem, where she has organized with other women to support her disabled children, who receive little help from the Government or the UN agency. for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA).

Aida, created in 1950 as a temporary tent camp to house the first Palestinian refugees that caused the Arab-Israeli War of 1948, is today an urban conglomeration of narrow streets and concrete buildings where some 5,500 people live, largely surrounded by the separation wall that Israel has been building since 2003 in the occupied West Bank.

Abu Aouda was raised in this compound, where precariousness and few future prospects affect many of its inhabitants, who survive in large part from UNRWA aid, with an increasingly limited budget since the United States reduced its contribution to this agency.

Their children, the third generation of refugees, also grew up in the countryside, and Mohamed, who is now 18 years old, has lived with many difficulties after suffering from cerebral palsy with serious effects on his motor skills and neurological development. He made it completely dependent.

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In Aida camp and neighboring camp, says Abu Aouda, there are at least fifty refugee children with disabilities, and for years their families struggled alone to care for them, with no services to meet their special needs.

“We do not wait for anyone to solve our problems,” says Mohamed’s mother, who is 2010 founded the Nur association (‘light’, in Arabic) to manage the care of her children together with other refugee women in the same situation.

“At the beginning, it was hard for us to start, we did not have anything and any project was a challenge,” says Abu Aouda, who, among other activities, teaches Palestinian cuisine and dinners with traditional food that make small contributions to finance the entity.

The project of the association has been simmering since its inception, more and more women are collaborating and has a center where it offers sessions of physiotherapy, special education, speech therapy and language classes to about 45 children with a specific attention program, in addition to 300 children and adults with special needs who study their languages.

The public schools in the camps, managed by UNRWA, do not have their own programs for children with acute needs, says Abu Aouda, who for years took his son to a private school but notes that “many other children were not educated because their families they could not assume the cost “, something that, he assures, this has changed with the activities of Nur.

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Its premises, in the heart of the Aida countryside, renovated with UNRWA funding from the Government of Belgium, is now a key point for the day to day of dozens of children and their families, with refugee girls who are teachers and a physiotherapist in charge of the physical problems of childhood.

“Many children need rehabilitation and intensive medical care that their families can not afford, but here we serve them with the most basic to improve their conditions,” says physiotherapist Saya Asad among stretchers, balls, and mattresses with drawings of Disney characters.

In an adjoining room, four children play together with their teacher, who teaches them to discern the colors while a children’s song plays in Arabic, and for the future, Abu Aouda considers that the main objective of Nur is to attract more women to bring to his children.

“Many families do not want to take their children to the center because they feel embarrassed, but we try to make them aware that having children with special needs is not a problem or a shame,” he remarks and notes that there is still a lot of work to be done in this area.

According to UN figures, five million Palestinian refugees, those who fled in 1948 and in subsequent waves and their descendants, live scattered in camps in East Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan.

The claim of the right to return is among their main demands and is one of the obstacles in the peace negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis, paralyzed since 2014.

Nearly 6 million people displaced by conflicts in Africa in 2017


Nearly six million people displaced in 2017 due to conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a report issued today by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).

In a statement sent to Efe in Nairobi, the IDMC and the NRC stressed that Sub-Saharan Africa, a region where 14 percent of the world’s population lives, accounts for almost half of the 11.8 million displaced by conflicts in 2017 in the world.

According to the Global Report on Internal Displacement (GRID 2018), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was the most affected African country, with almost 2.2 million people displaced.

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This figure is higher than the 2.1 million displaced people registered jointly by South Sudan, Ethiopia and the Central African Republic (CAR).

The insurgency of Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram, ethnic violence and disputes over natural resources led to the displacement of more than 415,000 people in the Lake Chad basin, 65 percent of which took place in northeastern Nigeria.

In Somalia, some 388,000 displaced persons related to the conflict plus 892,000 associated with the drought that hit that country of the Horn of Africa were counted.

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The rains and floods forced 2.6 million people to leave their homes in the region.

“The overwhelming number of people forced to flee their homes due to conflict and violence should serve to open our eyes,” said NCR Secretary-General Jan Egeland, stressing that “more effort” is needed to avoid the problem…

The director of the IDMC, Alexandra Bilak, warned, meanwhile, that “internal displacements often tout the beginning of a major crisis.”

“I am 80 years old and I just learned to read and write thanks to a radio”

Margarita Forquera is an old woman, an inhabitant of the small town of El Nihuil, in Mendoza. Throughout 2017, it was part of an educational program of a San Rafael school in which dozens of grandparents were taught to read and write through the local radio station. The dreamed harmony of an example of life

Each month and for several years, the grandmother Margarita Forquera received a magazine from one of her daughters in her precarious house in a town in Mendoza. It was a publication that delivered a credit card from a local bank and allowed her to feed her imagination. The woman did not know how to read or write, but she expected the arrival of those pages in order to “create” the content in her head.

Margarita, in the living room where she learned to read and write for a year thanks to a radio

Margarita went through most of her life with her illiterate condition. Her husband, Hilario Arena, died a few years ago also unable to read or write. Once alone at home, the woman decided in 2017 and with 79 years to begin the process of literacy.

“When they gave me that magazine, I looked at the photos and the big letters, without understanding anything they said, and I liked to imagine what people might be saying or thinking about where in the world they had taken those photos. very curious, “Margarita told Infobae through a telephone conversation.

“With my husband had 12 children throughout our lives. Neither could neither read nor write. So we forced 12 to go to school. We did not want to repeat the same thing happened to us. We did not want that so many things of life were lost, “he reflected.

Margarita lived all her days in El Nihuil, a small town located about 70 kilometers from the city of San Rafael. Already old, it was too difficult for her to move to the big city to attend an adult school. For this reason, she joined an unpublished program developed by the Luis Grassi School for adults in San Rafael: she learned to write at home through classes given daily on the local radio by that educational institution.

The house where Margarita lives, today with her youngest daughter

“Last year I started going to that school, but the truth was that it was not always, when it was very cold, I preferred to stay at home, and this is a very cold area, so it was very difficult for me to learn a lot with classes when He went so often, “he explained.

At the beginning of 2017, Margarita was visited in her modest townhouse by a teacher and a psychologist, who offered to learn to read and write without leaving home. For that, they gave him a spreadsheet with large letters and drawings, gave him some colored pencils and warned him to be attentive to the radio during three specific times of the day.

María del Valle Cabaña, director of the Grassi School and one of the main promoters of the class program through a radio, stressed the importance of meeting the needs of those grandparents from rural villages with transfer difficulties.

“Nihuil is inhabited by people who have spent their entire lives in rural areas, they are very simple and humble people, and sometimes it is very difficult to convince these people of the countryside to move to a school to at least begin to read and write. “Cabaña explained to Infobae.

He added: “So, we were thinking about the idea with a team coordinated by the Section 5 supervisor, Pablo Moralejo, and we created this idea.”

In 2017, the "radio literacy" program added about 15 adult students

The adult center Grassi coordinated his work with the school of El Nihuil called Augusto Rousell to lend him his radio studio. There, a professional speaker recorded the classes between 12 and 15 minutes that would then be broadcast three times each day.

In the morning the program is broadcast with the repeated class of the previous day; At the time of the siesta the content of the new class of the day is heard and at about 20 the same lesson is repeated.

“At the beginning, as these people do not know how to write or read and since there is no physicist there to explain them, we give them a spreadsheet and relate the letters and numbers with colors: A is orange, I is violet, E is green … “, explained Cabaña.

Margarita Forquera was one of the 15 grandmothers and grandparents who dared to take the leap with the radio literacy classes.

” The first word I wrote was my name, I did it at 79 years old and it’s a very beautiful word,” Margarita said with great emotion.

The old woman provides the interview with a borrowed cell phone. Her lack of habit of new technologies made her stick the microphone too much to her face. Therefore, his voice is heard far away, with noises.

“There are many things that people who can read will never understand, I almost never could go out without being accompanied by one of my children.” If I went to the store, I had to wait for the owner to grab my tickets because I did not I could count how much money I had to pay, even when I went to this school in San Rafael, they had to accompany me, if I got lost, there was no way I could understand which streets I was in

Margarita never left El Nihuil. During all his youth he lived in a country house, in the rural depth of the area. All her family and herself dedicated herself to the raising of goats. Later, he worked on farms and in a metallurgical factory called De Grassi.

“There, I was in charge of having all the worker’s lunch ready, I knew how to count but I did not know how to read the time, so to know when I had to go to my house, I would draw a line every day on a paper every day. When the big needle of the watch looked up, when I counted six lines, I knew that I could go to my house. ”

“My compañeras helped me so that I could collect all the salary and I have to thank my bosses and my employers who helped me so that I did not have more time than I had to stay.”

Both the De Grassi factory and the Carbon-metal factory were the two main labor engines of El Nihuil in its history. Once both closed, the young people of the region were forced to move to other nearby cities. And there were the old, the old, practically isolated.

“At first, I was a little embarrassed to say that I was almost eighty years old and could not read or write, but the teachers and some neighbors encouraged me to study and congratulated me, sometimes it betrays my memory a bit and I forget things, but with effort everything can be done, “Margarita reflected in her forceful but soft voice.

Students and some of the teachers who are part of the program of literacy classes through a radio

The 80-year-old woman recognizes that she still has to practice and finish learning some things. He tries to read the posters in the businesses, the names of the streets and, from time to time, he is encouraged to interpret the occasional text message on the cell phones of his children.

Also, after the first literacy year, Margarita remains linked to the adult institution of San Rafael: today it is part of the schooling process at the Luis Grassi organization. It must go back to the educational institution, where the classes increased their diversity of material and even demand.

“Now I go to school, yes, but I keep the same idea: if it’s very cold, I prefer to stay in a house, I’m not going to be so cool at this stage of my life,” said Margarita.

The woman, who recently overcame a phase of depression for the death of her husband Hilario, is now dedicated to continue their studies and enjoy their more than 30 grandchildren who visit her every day.

The area of ​​El Nihuil is composed mostly of rural houses

Meanwhile, the radio literacy program in El Nihuil continues to expand: “In 2017 we had about 15 students through this system, of which 10 are already enrolled in our center today, ” explained Cabaña.

“In addition, in the two months of classes we have this year, about five new students joined us and several districts asked us for the bases to do the same in their regions, ” he added.

Margarita broke the radio with which she learned to write. Even the worn wooden table that he used as a desk in his precarious living for a year today rests at the door, outside the home. It was replaced by a new white table. Reflections of a new life, of an old woman who thanks to the understanding and writing of the texts found her particular way of “being born again”.

“Now I can read messages and know who wrote them to me and that is beautiful, I would like it if there are other people who are as I was, who put the batteries and make the effort.” With effort and care, everything is achieved. It’s late when the happiness is good, “he said with emotion shortly before taking off the microphone of the borrowed cell phone from his cheek.

Manifestation against the Polish Government’s plan to restrict abortion

Tens of thousands of people, mostly women, gathered today in Warsaw to protest against a plan to tighten legislation on abortion, now in the process of parliament and backed by the government party, the right-wing nationalist Law, and Justice (PiS).

Around 55,000 people demonstrated in the Polish capital, according to the city’s spokesman Bartek Milczarczyk, in a protest called “Black Friday”.

The trigger for these concentrations is the bill to limit the voluntary interruption of pregnancy, admitted for processing by the House on January 10, the result of the popular initiative “Stop Abortion”, which has the majority support of deputies of the Pee.

Since then, a parliamentary commission reviews the proposal, which seeks to prohibit abortion for cases in which the fetus has malformations, an irreversible disease or Down syndrome.

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Until that commission gives the green light, the proposal cannot be voted on by Parliament.

The “Stop Aborcja” proposal only allows abortion for cases in which the life of the mother is at risk or the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.

The demonstrators, coming in many cases from different parts of Poland, passed before the Polish Parliament, the seat of Law and Justice and one of the most significant churches in Warsaw, in protest of the support of the Catholic hierarchy to the proposal “Stop Abortion ”

In addition to Warsaw, there are protests on Friday in other cities in Poland against the restriction of abortion.

A spokesman for the Polish Episcopal Conference, Pawel Rytel-Andrianik, has said that “the delay in parliamentary procedures on legislation to limit abortion is cause for concern” for the Church in Poland, where 90 percent of the population of declares Catholic.

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“We do not want politicians or priests to come and tell us what to do with our bodies,” said one of the protesters, Magda, who like other women carried a hanger, allusive to her body is not just a simple receptacle to give light, but it is the woman who must be able to decide on her body.

The leader of Law and Justice, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has shown himself on numerous occasions in favor of the prohibition of the so-called eugenic abortion, even though Poland already has by itself one of the most restrictive laws in this respect in Europe.

Faced with the communist period, when it was practically free, the current Polish law, dating from 1993, only allows abortion when the health or life of the mother is in danger, pregnancy is the result of rape or incest or the fetus suffers malformations or irreversible disease.

Official data indicate that more than 1,000 abortions are practiced every year, although the Federation for Women and Family Planning, dedicated to helping women to abort within the allowed cases, believes that the real number of pregnant women who abort annually can over 100,000 cases, explained to Efe one of their representatives, Krystyna Kapura.

The Polish government tried unsuccessfully to toughen the abortion law in October 2016, although the protest of thousands of women across the country forced him to stop his project, despite the fact that Law and Justice has an absolute majority in Parliament.

New strategy in favor of breastfeeding, which strives to win adepts

The World Health Organization (WHO) today introduced a new strategy to promote breastfeeding in the world, a practice that, despite its proven benefits for both women and newborns, is far from being the preferred choice for women. mothers

Only 40% of babies up to six months receive breast milk exclusively, an even lower percentage in many high-income countries, where milk formula enjoys great popularity, recognized the organization’s specialist, Laurence Grummer-Strawn.

WHO, together with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), presented a guide with ten concrete steps aimed at encouraging and supporting new mothers in their breastfeeding experience.

The guide includes the adoption by the maternal and child centers of a clear policy of support for breastfeeding, the training of health personnel, the accompaniment and advice to women in labor and the conditioning to avoid separation of the baby and the mother during the first hours and days of life.

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These series of recommendations are an update of the previous ones, which date back thirty years and have had a relative application.

One of the great novelties is that breastfeeding is now encouraged within the first hour after birth, even in the case of premature babies, low birth weight or some other type of complication, explained Grummer-Strawn in a wheel of the press

One of the cornerstones of WHO’s strategy to promote breastfeeding in recent decades has been the “children-friendly hospitals” initiative, where most of the steps included in the plan presented today are already applied.

However, Grummer-Strawn acknowledged that only 10% of maternal units are recognized as such, partly because it requires the implementation of voluntary measures and that they can be expensive, so now the goal is to universalize this concept.

One of the options considered by WHO is that the “friends of children” qualification be included in the certification process that hospitals and other health centers must comply with in order to function.

Breast milk is an important source of energy and nutrients for children beyond the first six months of life, in which the exclusive diet should be.

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Between six and twelve months of life contributes half of the needs in calories and a third between twelve and twenty-four months.

The WHO estimates that breastfeeding prevents the death each year of about 820,000 children under the age of five, since it limits the danger of infections, and in the long term also reduces the risk of obesity by 30% and the risk of suffering from diabetes by 35 %.

Although it is paradoxical, it is in high-income countries where there are “greater barriers” to breastfeeding, due among other factors to a medical staff with an “interventionist” mentality or because the newborn is removed from the mother to wash it.

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WHO, however, made it clear that its strategy is not about “forcing” a woman to choose to breastfeed if she prefers to give up or make her feel guilty for that choice, but rather that each mother has all the information right at your fingertips.

About the rejection in certain societies to the scene of a mother breastfeeding a child of two or more years, the WHO encourages women who so wish to continue breastfeeding after that age.

“You have to stop judging mothers in either way, either because they do not breastfeed or because they do it for a long time,” said Grummer-Strawn.

The expert also acknowledged the role of the advertising of formula milk in the stagnation of breastfeeding rates, through figures that show the economic importance of this product.

If in 2014 the sale of that milk generated revenues of 44,000 million dollars worldwide, by 2019 it will reach 70,000 million, according to forecasts.

Rescued 75 immigrants in El Estrecho and continues the search for seven disappeared

Maritime Rescue and Moroccan teams have rescued today 75 immigrants who traveled in five boats in the waters of the Strait, while the search continues for the seven missing from the shipwreck that occurred yesterday in the same area, after which four bodies were recovered.

At seven o’clock in the morning, Salvamento Marítimo initiated a wide-ranging device by receiving notices from several boats navigating the area.

The boat “Salvamar Arcturus” has located eight miles southwest of Tarifa (Cádiz) a boat in which 32 men, five women, and a baby were traveling, according to the device.

After rescuing them, he has transferred the 38 immigrants, all of the sub-Saharan origin, to the port of Tarifa.

In the port facilities, the social-health device of the Red Cross, the Public Health Emergencies Company, the Civil Guard and the National Police have been activated to assist immigrants.

Throughout the morning, according to sources of Maritime Rescue, 37 other immigrants who were trying to reach the Spanish coast in four boats have been rescued by Moroccan forces.

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On the other hand, the search continues for seven missing immigrants in the Strait on Sunday from a boat that left the Moroccan coast with twelve crew.

Maritime Rescue managed to rescue a single survivor, a young man of about 20 years old from Gambia who, very affected by the experience, reported that they had left the coast of Morocco around two in the morning and that, due to the strong wind and the bad sea, the occupants of the boat, a toy plastic boat, were falling into the sea little by little, as they have told EFE sources close to the operation of rescue and attention.

Together with the survivor, four bodies were recovered, while the rest of the people who were traveling in the boat are missing.

The search operation of these disappeared continues this afternoon in the waters of the Strait of Gibraltar.