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Gateway's Dr Coenie Louw and Save the Children SA's Sue Jones will moderate Technical Session 15 at the 2nd World Breastfeeding Conference.

Dr Louw is the Civil Society representative on the Local organizing Committee and a member of the Scientific/Program Coordinating Committee and has a special interest in the societal and cultural barriers to Exclusive Breastfeeding. We need to focus on these barriers in the context of the HIV pandemic where a pletyhora of myths and misinformation abound and effectively keep mothers from breastfeeding. Healthcare workers need to be retrained on PMTCT measures as we found that many of them do not know the most recent guidlines when it comes to breastfeeding, its safety and the role of ARVs in preventing mother to child transmission of HIV.

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