If you are concerned for the health and well-being of children in Gaza, "Do not send donations of infant formula, bottles or milk products to Gaza", say top emergency nutritionists.
A leading group of nutrition experts, including the World Health Organization, UN Children's Fund and NGOs, in a media brief published in English, Arabic and Spanish, state that the "indiscriminate use of infant formula in an emergency is extremely dangerous to babies, causing illness and death".
The Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies group's paper, highlighted this week on the leading Emergency Nutrition Network website, asks journalists not to publicise aid agency appeals for milk and formula, plainly stating: "There is no need for donations of infant formula, powdered milk or baby bottles to be sent to the site of an emergency."
Read more: Emergency Nutrition Network
This article was produced by IRIN News while it was part of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Please send queries on copyright or liability to the UN. For more information: https://shop.un.org/rights-permissions
Hundreds of thousands of readers trust The New Humanitarian each month for quality journalism that contributes to more effective, accountable, and inclusive ways to improve the lives of people affected by crises.
Our award-winning stories inform policymakers and humanitarians, demand accountability and transparency from those meant to help people in need, and provide a platform for conversation and discussion with and among affected and marginalised people.
We’re able to continue doing this thanks to the support of our donors and readers like you who believe in the power of independent journalism. These contributions help keep our journalism free and accessible to all.
Show your support as we build the future of news media by becoming a member of The New Humanitarian.