Unicef comes under attack for Big Mac funding deal

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 26 October 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:923
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    Unicef, the United Nations Children's Fund, has come under fire from children's advocates for concluding a fundraising alliance with the McDonald's chain of fast food restaurants.

    A petition signed by delegates from the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action accuses Unicef of compromising its mission to promote good nutrition by associating with the giant American corporation.

    A letter accompanying the petition said that news of the alliance had shocked participants at a colloquium on HIV and infant feeding in Tanzania. “Discussions here with Unicef staff from regional and country offices lead us …

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