The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) is a global network of individuals
& organisations concerned with the protection, promotion & support of breastfeeding worldwide.
WABA action is based on the Innocenti Declaration, the Ten Links for Nurturing the Future and the
Global Strategy for Infant & Young Child Feeding. WABA is in consultative status with UNICEF & an NGO
in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).
Who We Are

The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) was formed on 14 February, 1991. WABA is a global network of organizations and individuals who believe breastfeeding is the right of all children and mothers and who dedicate themselves to protect, promote and support this right. WABA acts on the Innocenti Declaration and works in close liaison with UNICEF.

Vision Mission Goal

A world where breastfeeding is the cultural norm, where mothers and families are enabled to feed and care optimally for their infants and young children thus contributing to a just and healthy society.

To protect, promote and support breastfeeding worldwide in the framework of the Innocenti Declarations (1990 and 2005) and the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding through networking and facilitating collaborative efforts in social mobilisation, advocacy, information dissemination and capacity building.

To foster a strong and cohesive breastfeeding movement, which will act on the various international instruments to create an enabling environment for mothers, thus contributing to increasing optimal breastfeeding and infant and young child feeding practices.

Funding Policy

WABA does not accept funds or gifts from manufacturers or distributors of breastmilk substitutes, related equipment such as feeding bottles and teats, commercial foods for breastfeeding mothers, or commercial complementary foods. It also does not accept funds or gifts from manufacturers of other products commonly used in infant feeding such as breastpumps and encourages WABA endorsers to adopt the same ethical stance.


WABA is a global network that encompasses all working at the international, regional, national, and community level to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

Everyone who is committed to a breastfeeding culture can be part of WABA: non-governmental organizations, community activists, health care workers, professional associations, university teaching staff, researchers, health officials and others.

The following graphic is overall structure of WABA.

WABA SECRETARIAT ( go to top )

The Secretariat coordinates and maintains the flow of information between the General Assembly structures and the wider constituency of WABA. Its small office serves mainly to network and facilitate action in support of World Breastfeeding Week, and coordinate the other programmes of WABA.

WABA Secretariat (2014)
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The WABA General Assembly plays a larger role in policy making and has the right to vote on the Steering Committee members.
The WABA General Assembly consist of:

  • Steering Committee
  • Core Partners
  • Regional Focal Points
  • Task Force Coordinators and Co-Coordinators
  • International Advisory Council (non-voting except for co-chairs)
  • Working groups (non-voting members)

Steering Committee ( go to top )

The Steering Committee is the principal management and policy making body of WABA.


Felicity Savage (Europe),

Irma Chavarria de Maza (Mimi de Maza), (Guatemala)

Hussein H.T. Tarimo, (Botswana)

Miriam Labbok (North America),

Dr Rukhsana Haider, (Bangladesh)

Anwar Fazal (Malaysia),
Chairperson Emeritus/Appointed Member

Anne Batterjee, (Saudi Arabia)

Core Partners ( go to top )

Core Partners are organisations and networks which work internationally mainly on breastfeeding related issues, and which endorse WABA.


*Barbara Nalubanga,

Zerbo Edouard ,
IBFAN Afrique

Marta Trejos,
Latin America & the Caribbean

J.P. Dadhich
Official Liason Person

Lida Lhotska,

Betty Sterken,
North America


Janette A. Hurley
North America

Vasillisa Chklovski-kordi,
Africa & Middle East

Hiroko Hongo,

Alejandra Galvan,
Latin America & the Caribbean

Juanita Jauer Steichen,

Shera Lyn Parpia,
Official Liaison Person


Angela Smith,

Iris Wagnsonner,

Roberta Graham de Escobedo,
Latin America & the Caribbean

Judy Norman,

Johanna Bergerman,
North America
Official Liason Person


Veronica Gomez,

Dure Akram,

Veronica Valdes,
Latin America & the Caribbean

Ketevan Nemsadze,

Vicki Nichols-Johnson,
North America

Audrey Naylor,
Official Liason Person


Rachel Musoke,

Tomoko Seo,

Jose Gorrin,
Latin America & the Caribbean

Elien Rouw,

Miriam Labbok,
North America

Ana Parilla,
Official Liason Person

Regional Focal Points ( go to top )

Regional Focal Points are institutions or organisations that assist WABA in networking, information support and social mobilisation activities at the regional level. These activities include:

  • communicating, when appropriate, between WABA Secretariat and country contact points and relevant groups and individuals;
  • coordinating WBW
  • translating, adapting and disseminating WBW materials and other appropriate WABA and partner materials;
  • representing WABA at regional level;
  • facilitating the endorsement of WABA;
  • facilitating communication and common actions between WABA endorsers and other breastfeeding related organisations, and
  • facilitating common actions between WABA's core partners, endorsers and allies from the human rights, health, environmental, and women's movements among others.


Africa Anglophone & Lusophone
Barbara Nalubanga
PO Box 781
Tel : (268 - 40) 45006
Fax: (268-40)40546

Africa Francophone
IBFAN Afrique
Zerbo Edouard
01 B.P. 1776
Ouagadougou 01
Burkina Faso
Tel : (226) 374164
Fax: (226)374163


Latin America

Marta Trejos
Apartado 5355,
1000 San Jose,
Costa Rica
Fax: (506-2)243986

North America
Natalie Gerbeda-Wilson
LLL International, 957 N.Plum Grove Road, Schaumburg, IL, 60173 - 4808
Tel: 1-847 519 7730
Fax: (1-847) 9690460


WABA Secretariat
PO Box 1200, 10850
Penang - Malaysia
Tel: (60-4) 6584816
Fax: (60-4) 6572655

South Asia

Networks of India (BPNI)
Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI)
JP Dadhich

BP-33, Pitampura,
Delhi – 110034
Tel: (91-11)27343608
Fax: (91-11)27343606PO Box 10551, BP 33,

East Asia

Consumers Korea
Kim Jai ok
KPO Box 411, 603 Pierson Bld, 89-27 Sinmun-ro 2Ga Chongro-ku, Seoul 110-761, Korea
Tel: (82-2)739 5441
Fax: (82-2) 736 5514


Lida Lhotska
Avenue de la Paix 11
1202 Geneva Switzerland
Tel: 41-22-798 9164
Fax: 41-22-798 4443


IBFAN Arab World
Anne Batterjee
Al Bidayah Center
P.O. Box 15480
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Phone: +966-2-665-5225 ext 123 or 444
Fax: +966-2-664-2805 or +966-2-667-8110

Task Forces ( go to top )

These are the specialised support arms of the WABA network. The Task Forces are:

  • Code Compliance
  • Mother Support
  • Research
  • Women & Work
  • Health Care Practices
  • Global Advocacy
  • Local Governance

Code Compliance
To promote implementation of the International Code of Marketing Breastmilk Substitutes through training, development of legislation, production of materials and monitoring Code compliance.
Coordinator: Annelies Allain, ICDC/IBFAN Malaysia
Co-coordinator: Carol Bartle (New Zealand) , Norma Escobar (USA)

Mother Support ( Homepage )
To promote linking of mother support groups worldwide; enable them to train counselors and to expand the number of groups; to create the appropriate environment of awareness and support for a mother to initiate and sustain breastfeeding .
Co-coordinators: Puspha Panadam , Paraguay
Prashant Gangal, India

Research The Research task force objectives are:

  • to increase advocacy & outreach to researchers & their organizations.
  • to disseminate research findings relevant to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.
  • to prepare briefing papers.
  • to stimulate regular discussion among the breastfeeding network regarding research findings.
Amal Omer-Salim, Sweden
Khalid Iqbal Tahir, UAE

Women and Work ( Homepage )
To develop strategies to address the special needs of working women, through imaginative new legislation and other actions that assist women to integrate breastfeeding into their working lives
The Mother-Friendly Workplace initiative (MFWI) is growing and the task force will continue to develop the programme, including the SIDA seedgrants project for supporting working breastfeeding women.

Maryse Arendt, Luxembourg
Viana Maza, Guatemala

Health Care Practices ( Homepage )
To promote health care practices in hospitals and in the community that protect, promote and support breastfeeding according to the WHO/UNICEF Joint Statement on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.
This task force will link with various organizations working with human birthing, mother-baby friendly maternity care health professional associates & individuals (doctors, midwives, nutritionists, nurses, community promoters, & other health workers) on information, capacity building, advocacy & outreach.
Marina Rea, Brazil
Asha Benakappa, India
Rae Davies, USA

Global Advocacy
To advocate on critical, urgent and emerging issues and to reach out to other stakeholders in order to promote the objectives of the GSIYCF, Innocenti Declarations and MDGs.
Patti Rundall, UK
JP Dadhich, India.

Local Governance
To assist the Secretariat with its specific functions to meet with its legal requirements, attend statutory meetings and to advice on links with local groups.
Siti Norjinah Moin, Malaysia
Balkees Abdul Majeed , Malaysia
Zaharah Sulaiman, Malaysia

Country Contact ( go to top )

Country Contacts are basic for WABA, many of whom are already linked to WABA core partners. They are individuals and organisations who are committed to an open and inclusive process involving inidividuals and organisations who protect, promote and support breastfeeding ; and who want to play an active role in WABA.

WABA aims to have as many as possible country contacts. No one organisation or individual is necessarily the exclusive representative of WABA in any given country. They

a. abide by WABA' principles as stated in the Endorsement Form;
b. act as distribution centres and facilitators for WABA activities in the country.
c. will be identified through a consultative process in coordination with Regional Focal Points and Core Partners, especially in large countries to enable more efficient communication.

WABA recognises the importance of National Breastfeeding Alliances and to encourage their development as country contacts. (See below Guidelines on Forming National Breastfeeding Alliances). National groups are advised to inform the WABA Secretariat of their intention to form a National Breastfeeding Alliance and to act as a WABA Country Contact.

Guidelines for National Breastfeeding Alliances:

WABA advocates alliance building among all supporters of breastfeeding. The initiator of a national network affiliated to WABA should be committed to an open and inclusive process involving all individuals and organisations who protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

There can be more than one WABA country contact, to enable more efficient communication. No one organisation or individual is the only representative of the WABA network in a given country. It may be desirable to have several contact persons, identified thorough a consultative process, especially in large countries.

All members of a national breastfeeding alliance affiliated to WABA must abide by the principles stated in the WABA Endorsement Form.

National Alliances for Breastfeeding should not use name of WABA, but other names (e.g. the Malaysia Alliance for Breastfeeding Action - MABA) and have their own structure and autonomy. They will be known as WABA Country Contacts.

WABA Endorsers or Participants ( go to top )

To become a WABA participant, an organisation or individual should fill the WABA endorsement form for individual OR WABA endorsement form for Organisation and return a copy to the WABA Secretariat. This will ensure that you are on WABA's regular mailing list. As an endorser, you have a right to nominate Steering Committee members.


(country stated is current domicile)

  1. Audrey Naylor (USA) IAC co-Chair
  2. Raj Anand (India) - IAC co-chair
  3. Virginia Thorley (Australia)
  4. Prof Talukder (Bangladesh)
  5. Zafrullah Chowdhury (Bangladesh)
  6. Cesar Victora (Brazil)
  7. Jairo Osorno (Colombia)
  8. Armida Fernandez (India)
  9. Song Vokyung (Korea)
  10. Anne Devereux (New Zealand)
  11. Maria Zuniga (Nicaragua)
  12. Ann Marie Widstrom (Sweden)
  13. Roger Shrimpton (UK/Switzerland)
  14. Richard Jolly (UK)
  15. Mary Renfrew (UK)
  16. Anthony Costello (UK)
  17. Naomi Baumslag (USA)
  18. Marian Tompson (USA)
  19. Sharyle Patton (USA)
  20. David Clark (USA)
  21. Nomajoni Ntombela (South Africa)
  22. Penny Van Esterik (Canada)
  23. Beth Styer (USA)
  24. Ruth Lawrence (USA)
  25. Nand Wadhwani (India)
  26. Elizabeth Mason (Switzerland)
  27. Pauline Kisanga (Swaziland)
  28. Ted Greiner (South Korea)
  29. Laurence Grummer-Strawn (USA)
  30. Elise Van Rooyen (South Africa)
  31. Anna Coutsoudis (South Africa)
  32. Anne Baerug (Norway)
  33. Ines Fernandez (Philipines)
  34. Wendy Oody (Australia)
  35. Ellen McIntyre (Australia)
  36. Rufaro Madzima (Zimbawe)
  37. Sallie Page (UK)
  38. Margaret Kyenkya (Uganda)
  39. Elisabeth Kylberg (Sweden)
  40. Sandra Lang (UK)
  41. Ellen Girerd-Barclay (Sweden)
  42. Rebecca Magalhaes (USA)
  43. Leonardo Mata Jimenez (Costa Ric)
  44. Betty Crase (USA)
  45. Mona Al-Sumaie (Kuwait)

Last update : June 2013

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