I wanted to share this recent article from the Local Burden of Disease team at the Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation illustrating exclusive breastfeeding from 2000 to 2017 in Sub-Saharan Africa. By mapping at a 5x5 resolution, we are able to better identify areas within countries that have lower rates of EBF and to identify geographic patterns across regions that have changed over time. Of particular interest is IHME’s finding that:
“only 37% of infants under 6 months of age in Africa were exclusively breastfed in 2017”
and that while:
“Previous national-level analyses found that most countries will not meet the World Health Organization’s Global Nutrition Target of 50% EBF prevalence by 2025…[IHME’s] analyses show that even fewer will achieve this ambition in all subnational areas”
These findings speak to the need for more localized solutions to address EBF coverage within countries amongst the most remote or vulnerable populations.
Here is the link to the article: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-019-0525-0