30 Nov Regional Capacity Building for
Younger Code Advocates in India
In November 2016, ICDC conducted a Regional Training Course on Monitoring the International Code of Marketing Breastmilk Substitutes with support and funding from our sister organisation, IBFAN Asia. The intended goal of the training was to build capacity for a ‘younger’ generation of Code monitors and advocates from selected countries in the region. The workshop, held at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture, New Delhi, was attended by participants from China, India, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, and Thailand. Amongst them were officials from Ministries of Health, representatives from breastfeeding advocacy group/NGOs, paediatricians, and public health researchers.
Apart from familiarising with major Code provisions and relevant WHA resolutions, a future planning session was conducted for participants from different countries to deliberate on next step actions for strengthening Code implementation. Many participants said that the training was helpful in providing them with a working knowledge of the Code and resolutions. They feel able to undertake action to build a monitoring system, either nationally or at a smaller scale and to actively participate in Code implementation in their country.