Mothers in flood areas urged to stick to breastfeeding

The Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have appealed to all relevant parties to be mindful of the continued need for breastfeeding of infants during the current flood and landslide emergency, and caution against unnecessary and potentially harmful donations and use of infant formula and powdered milk.In emergency situations where food supplies and access to safe water is extremely limited, infants and children in affected areas remain highly vulnerable to diarrhea and other diseases. Breast milk can provide the critical nutrients and immune support to infants which can help protect against infections. Due to the risks associated with the preparation of formula and powdered milk in an emergency situation where clean water, clean pots and cooking facilities are not available, the health risks to infants who are not breastfed is significantly higher.Donations of formula milk increases the vulnerability of infants exposing them to infection, diarrhea and other severe complications. Hence donations of formula milk or powdered milk must be avoided in emergencies. Where necessary, for orphaned infants it will be supplied by the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine (MoH) or the Provincial/District level health authorities.It is important not to lose sight of what is best for infants and children and to foster an environment in which mothers are encouraged to continue breastfeeding and safe complementary feeding in the difficult circumstances following the flood and landslide disaster. (Colombo Gazette) The health risks for babies who are not breastfed can be significantly higher. Every effort should be taken to protect and support breastfeeding among all breastfeeding mothers affected by the disaster. “We are facing a severe challenge with the current emergency and this can lead to risk of sickness and diseaseamong children” said Dr. Sarath Amunugama actg. Director General of Health Services of the Ministry of Health.“Continued breastfeeding is critical to ensure good health and well-being of infants and toddlers up to 2 years ofage”. All infants up to 6 months of age should be exclusively breastfed even during a time of disaster. Children up to the age of 2 years and beyond should be given breast milk along with safe and adequate complementary feeding as per the national guidelines. Giving infant formula during a disaster situation can easily create a double disaster, as infants given formula will invariably develop diarrheal diseases and lead to higher risk of death. read more

Many investors afraid to change strategy from lowincome investments CIBC poll

by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 5, 2013 4:00 am MDT Many investors afraid to change strategy from low-income investments: CIBC poll MONTREAL – A new poll suggests low interest rates have been taking a toll on investors, but more than half were afraid to make changes to increase their returns.The CIBC poll found that 54 per cent of investors with low-yield investments said they weren’t considering changes, with the main reason being “too risky.”The bank noted that as a result of this fear, many investors have simply been parking their money in investments that often guarantee a return that’s less than inflation.The survey also found that 42 per cent of those polled said they were not satisfied with the returns they were generating in their investment portfolios.CIBC says with an extended period of rock-bottom interest rates and people living longer, investors may reach a point where they need a new strategy and a chat with a financial adviser.Only 10 per cent of those polled said they were “completely satisfied” with the income their investments were generating.“People waiting for higher returns could be waiting a heck of a long time,” said Patrick O’Toole, CIBC’s vice-president of global wealth.But O’Toole said there are dividend stocks and balanced funds, for example, that can boost investment income.“Generally, you want to see some return well above inflation because you’re protecting your purchasing power,” he said from Toronto.“Sitting on cash is not an effective strategy because you are basically guaranteeing that your earning return is not keeping up with inflation. You have to look for alternatives out there,” O’Toole said.He said there’s still a lot of merit to a diversified portfolio, but noted that during the financial crisis in 2008-2009, all types of investments took a hit.“That shook a lot of people’s faith in diversification. I don’t think it should shake their faith permanently.”As a result, investors suffered a lot of “psychological damage” and they have to try to get over it and adjust to lower growth, he added.“Gone are the days of bond yields at six or seven per cent and stock returns annually in the double digits. It is a new environment and it doesn’t mean you should be sitting on cash waiting for rosy days again.”There’s always some hesitancy when you see the headline ‘Risk,’ but there have still been solid returns in both the equity markets in both Canada and the U.S., he said.The online poll was conducted by Leger Marketing from Dec. 21 to Jan. 4 and surveyed 1,541 English and French-speaking Canadians with an investment portfolio for retirement. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more