A Filipina mother holds her baby boy after giving birth in the delivery room of the Fabella Maternity Hospital in Manila on New Year's day, January 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS
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After each typhoon, earthquake or flood in disaster-prone Southeast Asia, well-meaning individuals and groups donate infant formula, not realizing the dangers it can pose to children in a crisis, aid workers say.Breast-milk substitutes in disaster-hit areas where clean drinking water is scarce have led to cases of diarrhea, the second leading cause of death for children under 5 and a key cause of malnutrition among young children, experts say.Infant formula is aggressively marketed in Southeast Asia.After the country's 2006 earthquake in Yogyakarta, UNICEF experts said distribution of breast-milk substitutes had been "uncontrolled and widespread", and they found more cases of diarrhea among children who had received donated infant formula than those who had not.The intergovernmental ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) plays a key role when well-meaning countries donate infant formula, which is turned down by disaster-affected countries with strong breastfeeding policies.
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