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European Webinar: Human Milk Oligosaccharides as Therapeutics  
Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Speaker: Dr. Steven Townsend, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Vanderbilt University
Time: 18:00 CET
Carbohydrates are the most abundant organic molecules on earth and are critical to a myriad of biological processes. The Vanderbilt Laboratory for Glycoscience uses a blend of synthetic organic chemistry and microbiology to elucidate the biological roles of carbohydrates, with a foci on advances in chemical synthesis and learning new mechanistic concepts. Our discussion will focus on the application of the host defense properties of human milk.

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Americas Webinar: Lactancia materna y COVID-19 en América Latina: Lecciones aprendidas y como avanzar (hosted in spanish)  
Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Speaker: Dr. Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, Professor of Public Health, Director of the Office of Public Health Practice, and Director of the Global Health Concentration at the Yale School of Public Health
Time: 1:00pm EST
Please note this webinar will be hosted in Spanish.

Basado en la evidencia acumulada hasta ahora, la Organización Mundial de la Salud sigue indicando que mujeres con COVID-19 pueden amamantar de forma segura a sus bebés y que es muy deseable que lo hagan. Sin embargo, un estudio de monitoreo en México que es nacionalmente representativo muestra que la mayoría de las personas en hogares con niños pequeños piensan que las mujeres con COVID-19 no deben amamantar ya que pueden transmitir el virus SARS-CoV-2 a sus hijos. Esta presentación va a discutir las implicaciones de esto hallazgos para mejorar la diseminación basada en evidencia, utilizando principios de teoría y análisis de redes sociales, sobre la lactancia materna en tiempos de COVID-19 en el contexto de América Latina. También va a presentar hallazgos sobre como programas de consejería de lactancia materna fueron adaptados de forma remota durante la pandemia utilizando métodos de la ciencia de implementación. 

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South East Asia Webinar: Supporting mothers to breastfeed exclusively in Bangladesh  
Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Speaker: Dr Rukhsana Haider, Founder and Chairperson of the Training & Assistance for Health & Nutrition Foundation (TAHN) in Bangladesh, and Co-Chair, Steering Committee of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA)
Time: 12:00 AWST
Specific programs to inform and support employed women for breastfeeding are lacking in Bangladesh. Ready-made garment factory workers in particular, are reported to have poor infant feeding practices and undernourished children. In order to improve the infant feeding practices of factory workers and their unemployed neighbours, a peer counselling project was implemented from 2015-17 in Chattogram. Peer counsellors visited mothers regularly at home from pregnancy until children were 18 months old. A cross-sectional survey undertaken when the project ended, showed that breastfeeding practices of the counselled factory workers were significantly better than those of the non-counselled factory workers. Unemployed counselled mothers also had optimal breastfeeding practices. These results will be further shared during the webinar. Despite the challenges being faced during the Covid-19 pandemic, peer counsellors continue to provide home-based services to both unemployed and employed women in TAHN Foundations' programme areas.

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