ICDC’s continuing technical support to Myanmar

Following ICDC’s first visit to Myanmar in September 2014 to train government officials and selected INGOs (see report – Taking the Law Forward in Myanmar)  on the newly-launched Order of Marketing of Formulated Foods for Infants and Young Children (OMFFIYC) ICDC returned in March 2015 to follow up on the progress.

During the March visit, ICDC consultants embarked on a UNICEF mission to help identify monitoring and enforcement mechanisms for the Myanmar Law. The mission involved extensive discussions with government departments and civil society groups. Apart from meetings with UNICEF and the Myanmar Nutrition Technical Network (MNTN) in Yangon, most of the meetings took place in the nation’s capital Naypyitaw and were led by UNICEF. ICDC Consultants were able to formulate a preliminary plan of action for  a viable  monitoring and enforcement system involving existing and new structures within the government  and the active involvement of civil society.

As was the case with most ICDC activities, the Mission rode piggy back on a monitoring training for international NGOs which Save the Children International organised through the Leveraging Essential Actions to Reduce Malnutrition (LEARN) Project.  The 3-day ‘training-of-trainers’ course was aimed at  building monitoring capacity at the community level. A total of 24 participants from various INGOs and NGOs were trained and ICDC hopes that this training will be cascaded to the communities served by the various groups.