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Nov 17, 2016

Building State Level Capacity on IYCF Counseling in India

Conducting a group session on positioning the baby
Conducting a group session on positioning the baby

Dear Friends, 

Greetings rom Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India(BPNI)!

This quarter we bring to you field level report from Delhi, India . As part of this project BPNI has done several advocacy meetings in the past in states like Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand. BPNI's advocacy could convince the state governments to build their capcity by training their human resource as national trainers on Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF)skilled counseling. Training is one of BPNI's forte over the years, till date BPNI's has trained more than 45000 health care professionals and workers in India. 

In this report we would like to share insights from our ongoing training of trainers in Delhi,India at University College of Medical Sciences & GTB Hospital,Goverment of India. This national training is organised by BPNI for creating 5 national trainers from  4 different states in India. The states which are here to build their capacity include Jharkhand(2), Uttar Pradesh(1), Maharashtra(1)and Delhi(1). These 5 goverment and private officials will be trained as national trainers over 14 days of training in which they will get training for 7 days and then they will train a team of 19 IYCF counseling specialist for next 7 days. This will help them exercise their skills learnt over 7 days of extensive training.

Post the training they will help their respective states to conduct further state level capacity building training on IYCF counseling. These trainers will reach out to middle level trainers and field level health workers in their respective states helping us creating many more breastfeeding counselors. 

The training has started from 8th November 2016 and will be completed on 21 November 2016. We wish to conduct many more training of training in more states or a holistic coverage. ( This training has been a collaborative effort of BPNI, Department of Peadiatrics ,UCMS, GTB Hospital,IBFAN and SIDA along with limitted global giving funds)

Thank you. 

Best Regards,

BPNI Team 

Teaching back massage for breast engorgement cases
Teaching back massage for breast engorgement cases
Group discussion on soft skills while counseling
Group discussion on soft skills while counseling
Aug 17, 2016

Advocacy with Governor of Uttar Pradesh, India

Meeting the Governor of Uttar Pradesh State, India
Meeting the Governor of Uttar Pradesh State, India

Dear Donors, 

Greetings from Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI)!

We are happy to share the second report of this project. As part of the project advocacy we have now approached the state of Uttar Pradesh(UP) in India to pitch our field level training course to be included in the State Nutrition Mission.

Dr.Arun Gupta, Central Coordinator and Dr.Shoba Suri, Policy & Programme Coordinator,BPNI met with Sh.Ram Naik, Governor of Uttar Pradesh in Lucknow in the month of May 2016.

We introduced ourselves and highlighted BPNI’s 20 years of work.We shared the  Infant and Young Child Feeding practices status for Uttar Pradesh as compared to National figures which was alarming for him as Uttar Pradesh's rates were very low. BPNI suggested that reaching out to all women with skilled support would be beneficial in increasing the current IYCF rates of the state.

We also apprised him on the Infant Milk Substitute Act (IMS Act) an Indian law protecting breastfeeding ; which was  his brain child and was introduced by him as the private member bill back in 1992. The IMS Act is in threat because of several market forces and we wanted him to take note of that as well. BPNI suggested the Honourbale Governor to write to the Prime Minister in regard and protect  the IMS Act from being repealed. 

As an immediate action the honourable Governor fixed up a meeting with Chief Secretary, Uttar Pradesh to apprise him on these details. As a follow  up our team met the Chief Secretary Shri Alok Ranjan, Principle Secretary, WCD Ms D. Verma, DG UP Nutrition Mission, Mr. Kamran Rizvi, Director UP Nutirion Mission ,Mr. Amitabh Prakash, MD NHM –UP, DG Health UP, DG Medical Education and Trainings UP in June 2016.In this meeting it was decided that BPNI should send a formal request to the Director General, UP Nutrition Mission for a formal collaboration. 

BPNI has written to Mr. Kamran Rizvi, Director UP Nutirion Mission for a formal collaboration and awaiting his response.If this collaboration materializes BPNI's training course for middle level trainers and field level trainers could be included in their state IYCF promotion plans; this partnership would be a stepping stone in achieving our target of creating 2000 breastfeeding counselors in India. Hopefully in our next report we will be able to share some interesting training stories from grassroot. 

Thank You !!

Warm Regards,



May 20, 2016

Advocacy with National Health Mission Jharkhand

Dr.Arun Gupta (Extreme right) sensitizing officers
Dr.Arun Gupta (Extreme right) sensitizing officers

Dear Donors, 

Greetings from BPNI!

This is our first report of this new project. We committed to create 2000 village level breastfeeding counselors in India. In line with the objectives of our project we have started the advocacy efforts to pitch in our skilled training course for middle level and field level trainers to create a support system for mother- baby dyads on ground. 

We chose Jharkhand a state in eastern India with a population of 32,988,134. In Jharkhand less than 40% women initiating breastfeeding within one hour and about 50-60% exclusive breastfeeding during first six months.

BPNI's Central Coordinator Dr.Arun Gupta and Central Coordination Committee member Dr.Sunita Katyan met director of National Health Mission State of Jharkhand Mr.Ashish Sighmar in the 2nd week of May 2016 to discuss about breastfeeding in the state. Dr.Arun Gupta suggested them how to increase rates of early and exclusive breastfeeding in the state.

Our team also sahred some interesting background papers on the issue to sensitize the sate funcationaries. The state NHM team of joint directors and technical people were briefed on the agenda. The managing director of NHM agreed to almost all the suggestions given and asked our team to summarize in the end. 


Meeting ended in a positive note where the managing director of NHM said "we will do it". We also met the joint director NHM Dr.Bina Sinha whom we also sensitized about our initiative. She promised to take it forward and requested our team to help her with a draft plan of action.


We are in follow up with the state functionaries and taking forward the dialouge for conducting trainings in future. This advocacy effort was the first step forward to materialize is target of creating 2000 breastfeeding counselors in India. 


Jharkhand state officers at the advocacy meeting
Jharkhand state officers at the advocacy meeting
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