Training course on breastfeeding and child nutrition


A training course on breastfeeding and child nutrition was carried out by PHILOS executives, on 3-4 May, Salonica, with the collaboration of UNICEF and the NGO Save the Children. The course was attended by about thirty people from various disciplines such as nurses, midwives, psychologists and social workers.

It included the following thematic areas:

  • Understanding of malnutrition and the associated risks.
  • Best feeding practices for infants and children.
  • Identifying the challenges that breastfeeding is currently experiencing in Greece and how to overcome them.
  • Opportunities for supporting women – refugees.

For the realization of the course, a wide variety of interactive and participatory methods were used such as working groups, presentations, open discussions and case studies, derived from the organizers’ experience.

Participants’ training included the use and adaptation of standardized training packages which were prepared jointly by UNICEF and Save the Children as well as training material produced under the ALKYONE program.

The training course was divided into three sections: Initially, an overview of the malnutrition phenomenon was made and its causes and consequences on children and women were determined. It was also examined the importance of breastfeeding and child nutrition in cases of emergency, as well as the psychological obstacles, the myths and the misconceptions related to it.

In addition, information on international agreements to support infants and children in an emergency has been provided, including the EU guidelines for the refugee crisis. Finally, to the participants were given the main tools for carrying out artificial breastfeeding as well as the International Code for the Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes.

The event is a follow-up to the meeting held on 13 March in Salonica, with the participation of EKEPY, HCDCP and NGO executives, where the opportunities for further education of PHILOS stuff were examined.