Elizabeth Ransom is director of communications and advocacy for Helen Keller International’s Assessment and Research on Child Feeding project. Over the past two decades, she has worked in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors as an international public health and communications professional, including roles with the State Department Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives initiative, and Marie Stopes International subsidiary Options Consultancy. She has a background in radio journalism and a master’s degree in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
By increasing breast-feeding, more than 820,000 lives would be saved annually in 75 low- and middle-income countries and the global economy would expand by billions of dollars. Helen Keller International's Elizabeth Zehner and Elizabeth Ransom explore why breast-feeding rates are not improving faster, and how to protect them.