Nigel Rollins, Scientist, World Health Organization
Special video presentation: Cesar Victora, Emeritus Professor, Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil
Roger Thurow, Senior Fellow, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Susan Desmond-Hellmann, CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Sue Horton, Professor, University of Waterloo
Truong Quoc Hung, Deputy Director and Assistant to the President, Vietnam Institute for Legislative Studies
Werner Schultink, Chief of Nutrition, UNICEF
Katie Taylor, Deputy Child and Maternal Survival Coordinator & Deputy Administrator for the Bureau of Global Health, USAID
About this conference
The Lancet Breastfeeding Series is the first of its kind to evaluate global breastfeeding levels, trends and inequalities, in addition to the short- and long-term consequences for both mother and child, regardless of where they live or their income. The Series underscores the importance of policy interventions to increase and sustain breastfeeding levels. This interactive launch event will highlight key findings as well as present success stories and opportunities to eliminate barriers to breastfeeding in high- and low-income countries.
About The Lancet Medical Journal
The Lancet began as an independent, international weekly general medical journal founded in 1823 by Thomas Wakley. Since its first issue (October 5, 1823), the journal has emphasised two distinct objectives—to inform and to reform. In Wakley's words: "A lancet can be an arched window to let in the light or it can be a sharp surgical instrument to cut out the dross and I intend to use it in both senses." In more modern times, these twin goals are expressed in four domains of our work: medical research, clinical practice, global health, and news and comment. The journal's editors will collaborate over any contribution that advances or illuminates medical science or practice, or that educates or engages readers on important matters in the practice, policy, and politics of research, medicine, and public health.