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Sep 13, 2018

Advocacy for COI in Public Policy

Keynote address by Sh .Rajiv Kumar, V C,Niti Aayog
Keynote address by Sh .Rajiv Kumar, V C,Niti Aayog

Dear Donors,

Greetings from BPNI!

In July 2014 our Honorable Prime Minister of India in his 17 point agenda recognized the need to prevent conflict of interest in public policies and urged for a legal framework. To curb corruption in the country prevention and management of Conflict of Interest in public policy and programmes can become a game changer, therefore, it's important to start a dialogue about this crucial issue in the public domain in public interest.

With this background on behalf of Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India and Swadeshi Jagran Manch organized the "Roundtable Conference on Conflict of Interest in Public Policy" on 11th September 2018, India International Centre, Max Mueller Road, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi. 

The key objectives of the roundtable discussion were to understand the definition and concept of conflicts of interest, share examples of conflict of interest in public policy and to share tools for prevention and management of Conflict of Interest.

The keynote address was made by Sh.Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, Niti Aayog and remarks were given by Mr.Ranith Roy, Member, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (PMEAC). The brainstorming session was chaired by Sh.K.C.Tyagi, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha)

42 participants from the fields of law, political science, social work, human rights, governance, people's movement, sociology, economics, food technology, public health, nutrition, science participated. As for recommendations, a consensus was built that the Government of India should formulate National COI guidelines, rules and a legal framework to prevent and manage COI situations to curb potential corruption in public policies.

 Regards, 

Team BPNI

Jun 12, 2018

India's 5th World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi) Assessment

Ministry of Health official chairing the meeting
Ministry of Health official chairing the meeting

Dear Donors, 

Greeting from BPNI!

BPNI every 3-5 years conduct Wolrd Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi) assessment for India. 

In 2004 BPNI launched the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi) for assessing policies and programmes on IYCF based on WHO’s tool and developed web software and a system to objectively score and color code the achievements.

Furthermore, WBTi has an inbuilt process to build consensus among multi-sector concerned partners and repeat assessments every three to 5 years. It has been launched in more than 100 countries by now 96 countries have finished reporting. This time it is the 5th round in progress to assess its policy and programmes in India by the core group members i.e. BPNI, Public Health Resource Network (PHRN), WHO, UNICEF, AIIMS, Sitaram Bhartia Hospital and Medical Research Centre, NIPCCD, Institute of Home Economics, Doctors for You and Lady Hardinge Medical College.

The core group met and analyzed WBTi's 10 indicators of policy and programmes and 5 indicators of IYCF practices

This year BPNI is conducting India's 5th WBTi assessment. On 8th June 2018 BPNI along with 17 development partners did a consensus building meeting for sharing the draft findings of the assessment. 

This assessment will serve as an advocacy tool for development professionals, breastfeeding advocates, health professionals to pitch policy and programmes gaps and recommendation to bring changes in the existing policy scenario on infanta and young child feeding. 

The report of the assessment will be launched in the first week of August where key policymakers from relevant ministries will be invited and the report will be officially shared with them. 

We will update you on the report soon!

Thank you for your generous wishes and support. 

Regards, 

Nupur Bidla 

Manager-Communications &Campaign 

BPNI

Development partner from MoWCD participating
Development partner from MoWCD participating
Core group member making a presentation
Core group member making a presentation
The consensus building group
The consensus building group
Mar 8, 2018

Middle Level IYCF Counselling Training in U.P

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI)!

We were approached  by  the  India Health Action Trust (IHAT), for conducting training on Infant and young child feeding counselling (an integrated course on Breastfeeding, Complementary feeding, HIV & Infant Feeding and Growth Monitoring) in Uttar Pradesh, for preparing a skilled pool of trainers and subsequently counsellors for combating malnutrition in the state. After discussions, it was decided to conduct one training for preparation of Middle Level Trainers (MLT) on IYCF Counselling who can further conduct trainings for frontline workers in the state. The MLT training was finalised for 6- 12 November 2017 to be conducted in Lucknow.A total of 30 participants were selected by IHAT to be trained as MLTs. The participants  were selected from various distrct and zonal offices ofIHAT.

 In pursuance of training of trainers on IYCF counselling course, under this project ,Middle Level Trainers were trained with 4 in 1training programme over 7 days of training workshop consisting of 2 phases. The venue to conduct the 7 day training workshop was Veerangana Avanti Bai Mahila Chikitsalaya,Lucknow, Uttar Padesh , India .For all the inhouse sessionand all the clinical practice sessions were conducted in the Paediatric/ Gynea ward and OPD of the same hospital. Doctors and Nurses were trained during the training.

Detailed report with photographs and session details is attached with this report.

Thank you for all your support. It keeps us going !

Regards,

Team BPNI


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