2023 Lancet Series on Breastfeeding – Local launch in South Africa

Date: February 10, 2023
Time: 10:00 - 12:30
Venue: Zoom

In February 2023, The Lancet will launch the new three-paper “2023 Lancet Series on Breastfeeding”, examining how the marketing of commercial milk formulae for infants and young children undermines breastfeeding.

We invite you to the South African launch of this groundbreaking series, co-hosted by the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development (CoE-HUMAN) (University of the Witwatersrand) and the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security (CoE-FS) (University of the Western Cape (UWC) and University of Pretoria).

Date: Friday, 10 February 2023

Start time: 10h00 SAST

End time: 12h30 SAST

Register for the live-streamed event (Zoom webinar) here.


Moderator: Dr Chantell Witten – Lead for the Infant and Young Child Feeding Advocacy Project, CoE-FS


Professor Jose Frantz, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation, UWC

SACSoWACH word of support

First Lady of South Africa Dr Tshepo Motsepe

World Health Organization global launch video

CoE-FS and CoE-HUMAN introduction

Professor Julian May (CoE-FS Director), and Justin du Toit (CoE-HUMAN Centre Manager)

Panel discussion, and Q&As

  • Associate Professor Tracey Naledi – Deputy Dean: Health Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town
  • Professor Tanya Doherty – South African Medical Research Council, and School of Public Health, UWC
  • Professor Linda Richter – CoE-HUMAN, and Distinguished Research Fellow at the Human Sciences Research Council in South Africa
  • Nzama Mbalati – Head: Healthy Living Alliance
  • Nicolette Henney – Assistant Director, Western Cape Department of Health

The Family Larsson Rosenquist Foundation (FLRF)

Dr Katharina Lichtner – Managing Director, FLRF

Presentation from the Ambassador of Switzerland to South Africa

His Excellency Dr Nicholas Brühl

Closing remarks

Dr Chantell Witten

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