World Breastfeeding Conference

Second World Breastfeeding Conference : Africa 2016




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The Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding in 51 CountriesThe 2012 World Breastfeeding Conference Declaration


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Dr. Pardeep Khanna

Senior Professor & HOD Community Medicine at Pt. Bhagwat Dayal Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences Rohtak (Haryana)

Dr. Pardeep Khanna is serving as Senior Professor & HOD Community Medicine at Pt. Bhagwat Dayal Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences Rohtak (Haryana) since April 2008 and has been on the faculty of this discipline for more than 27 years.

He has undergone training courses in many a field in Community Medicine- Epidemiological Services Development, Oral Rehydration Therapy, Educational Science Technology, Fluorosis, Health Management, Environmental Epidemiology, Reproductive & Child Health, HIV/AIDS/STD Prevention & Control, International Classification of Functioning, Disability & Health, Good Clinical Practice & Regulatory Requirements for Clinical Trials, Integrated Disease Surveillance etc. He has till date attended 94 Workshops, Training Courses, Seminars, Conferences and CMEs. He is a Master Trainer for Infant & Young Child Feeding Counselling, Integrated Disease Surveillance, Tuberculosis and Integrated Management of Neonatal & Childhood Illness and has facilitated 31 Training Courses & Workshops. He has delivered 194 talks and guest lectures on more than 50 different topics in various fora.

Dr. Pardeep Khanna is a member on the State Level Co-ordination Committee of Integrated Child Development Services Scheme, State Task Force on Polio, Advisory Committee for Anaemia Control and High Level Task Force in the State of Haryana. He is the Chairman of Institutional Ethics Committee Govt. College for Women, Khanpur Kalan. He is on the Board of Consultant Editors for Haryana Medical Journal, an official organ of Indian Medical Association, Haryana and on the Editorial Advisory Board of Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development. He has contributed to 60 research publications in national & international journals.

Alison Linnecar

After studying at Cambridge University in the UK, Alison joined the environmental movement in France and co-founded 3 French NGOs working to protect biodiversity and natural resources.

She joined IBFAN in 1987 as the international coordinator of IBFAN’s office in Geneva. From 2008 she was also the technical coordinator of the gBICS programme, before retiring in 2010 to increase her technical work on the contamination of artificial feeding products.

She is the convener of IBFAN’s global working group on chemical and microbiological contamination of infant feeding products and is developing new work on the environmental impact of infant feeding practices.

Dr. C. R. Banapurmath

Professor of Pediatrics at J. J. M. Medical College

  Davangere, since 20 years.

 Heading the Department from Jan,2012.

 Awarded “Fellow of Indian Academy of Pediatrics (FIAP)” in 1998.

Senior Consultant at Bapuji Child Health Institute, Davangere under Dr. Nirmala Kesaree since 1994.  He is closely associated with EGPAF (Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric Aids Foundation) since 2003 as Pediatric consultant.

Contributed significantly in the field of Human Lactation Management at the State, National and International level.  He has more than 20 publications in Breastfeeding.  Two of them received “Breastfeeding Paper of the Month” Award from UNICEF New York. He has more than 70 publications at the National and International level.  He has authored and co-authored many books.

 Actively worked to promote the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), not only in the State of Karnataka but also in Andhra Pradesh and many other States.

Represented India at the world meet held at Arusha, Tanzania for the WABA (World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action) Global meet in 2002.

He is currently National Vice President for Infant and Young Child Feeding Chapter (IYCF-C-IAP) of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics.

Has been acclaimed a best Paediatrician & have been awarded at National & International level.

Dr. (Prof.) Arun Kumar Thakur

Prof. & Head of Department, Dept. of Paediatrics, Nalanda Medical College, Patna

Graduated from Prince of Wales Medical College, Patna in 1972.

Post Graduated in Paediatrics (M.D. in 1977.

Joined Bihar Health Services as Block Medical Officer in 1977.

Appointed Resident Medical Officer in the Dept. of Paediatrics, Patna Medical College, Patna in 1982.

Appointed Administrative Medical Officer in Paediatric in 1986.

Appointed Assistant Prof. of Paediatric in Nalanda Medical College and deputed in the Dept. of Paediatric, PMCH in 1990.

Appointed Associate Prof. of Paediatric in Nalanda Medical College and Hospital in 2003.

Promoted to Prof. of Paediatric in 2010.

Has published over 78 articles in Peered Medical Journal.

Has contributed Chapter in the Text Book of Neonatology published by NNF.

Has contributed articles in Perinatology published by JYPEE.

Has edited a book on recent advancement in Tuberculosis published by BTA.

Has been awarded fellow of : -

1. IMA Academy of Medical Specialties (FIAMS) – 1992

2. Indian Academy of Paediatrics (FIAP) – 1999

3. National Neonatology Forum (FNNF) – 2009.

Has been holding the Hony. Post of IMA, IAP, NNF & BPNI :

IMA : - Chairman, IMA Academy of Medical Specialties, Bihar State Chapter

- Editor, Patna Journal of Medicine

- Hony. State Secretary, IMA Bihar State Branch ( 2007-2009)

- Central Working Committee Member

- Central Council Member & Hony. Executive Secretary of IMA AKN Sinha

Institute ( 2009-2010)

- President Elect, IMA Bihar State Branch (2011-12)

- President, IMA Bihar State Branch (2012-13)

- Unit Coordinator, IMA-GFATM-RNTCP-PPM-RCC Project, Unit-1, Bihar

IAP : - Central Working Committee Member three term last in 2009.

- Hony. State Secretary ( 1998 – 1999)

- State President (2007)

NNF : - Central Governing Council Member ( 2003-2004)

- State President (2009)

BPNI : - State Coordinator in BPNI

- Regional Coordinator in BPNI

- Regional Advocacy in BPNI

Has attended the several National & International Conference of Paediatrics, Neonatology and BPNI.

Presently the Hony. Member of following Government and Non–Government Institution :

1. Member, State Blood Transfusion Committee

2. Member, Governing Council & Appointment Committee, Mahavir Vatsalya Hospital

3. Hony. Resource Person & Technical advisor to UNICEF, WHO, CARE INDIA and others.


Dr. Mira Shiva

Physician ( MBBS , MD Medicine, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana ,India)

Dr. Mira Shiva is a physician ( MBBS , MD Medicine, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana ,India) She has been working on issues related to Public Health , Children’s Health & Children’s Rights, and Women’s Health, Reproductive health & gender concerns , women ecology & health , Food & Nutritional security , Health rights rooted in Social justice & Gender justice .

She is Coordinator, Initiative for Health & Equity in Society/Third World Network, Founder Member & Steering Committee member of Diverse Women for Diversity, Peoples’ Health Movement, Health Action International-Asia Pacific, South Asian Focal Point-International Peoples’ Health Council. She is member working Group Regulation of Food& Drugs by Planning Commission for 12th 5 year plan

She was member Central Council for Health, GOI., Chairperson Consumer Education Taskforce on Safety of Food & Medicine Ministry of Health ) , She has been Member Health Committee National Human Rights Commission, Member, Central Social Welfare Board, Member-Advisory Committee, Gender and Communication Programme for Vigyan Prasar-Department of Science and Technology.

She was Director-Women & Health, Rational Drug Policy Head Public Policy in VHAI, Founder Coordinator All India Drug Action Network. She is steering Committee Member of Indian alliance of Child Righs & National alliance for Maternal Health & Human Rights ., Right To Food Campaign, Doctors for Food & Biosafety.

Dr Aditi Roychowdhury

Senior Nutrition Program Officer working with Child in Need Institute (CINI), Kolkata

Dr Aditi Roychowdhury is a Senior Nutrition Program Officer working with Child in Need Institute (CINI), Kolkata in India. She has a PhD in Nutrition from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda with over ten years’ experience on children, adolescents and women’s health and nutrition.

She has worked with different organizations where she was involved in research on pregnancy nutrition and birth outcome. During her career span, she also got extensive experience of using qualitative as well as quantitative research methodologies.

Currently, in CINI she is involved in 1,000 Days approach to scaling up nutrition security programme in West Bengal focusing on pregnancy to first two years (-9+24 ) of a child.

Dr Laxmikant Palo


Dr Laxmikant has over 23 years of experience in public health, nutrition and community development programs in India across a diverse range of national and international organizations. Dr Laxmikant Palo has work experience with Save the Children, USAID, IntraHealth International, PATH, AED and DFID. Dr Laxmikant has extensive experience in program management, policy advocacy and evidence generation, strategic health communication, partnership management and technical assistance to government and project implementing partners.

On the academics front, Dr Laxmikant has a Ph.D. Public Health and Nutrition.

Dr Patricia Ukegbu


a. Member, Nutrition Society of Nigeria (NSN)

b. Member, Organization for Women in Science in Developing World (OWSDW) formerly TWOWS

C. Member, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)

d. African Graduate Students Network (AGS-NET)

Dr. Vokyung, Song

Former President, Board Member of Consumers Korea (CK) CEO of SobijaReport (consumer magazine published by CK)

She has been serving as a consumer advocate for more than 40 years since 1970s in Korea. She is a sociologist and an emeritus professor of Seoul Women's University. Dr. Song is an honorary committee member of Anti-Corruption & Civil Rights Commission of Korea. She has been involved in breastfeeding campaigns though many different approaches since 1983. Consumers Korea has initiated breastfeeding campaign since 1983 and has done various activities to promote breastfeeding including the followings:

- Ban on advertisements of formula milk products by three major formula milk companies through accomplishing mutual agreement for ban on formula milk advertisement in March, 1991.

- Ban on advertisement of baby bottle and pacifiers through accomplishing agreement in November, 1994.

Dr. Alka Kuthe


- Consultant Obstetrician & Gynecologist & Gynaec. Sonologist.

- Practicing at Kuthe Accident Hospital & Maternity Nursing Home, Amravati

- International Board Certified Lactation Consultant(Australia)

- Law Post Graduate, L.L.M (Criminology), P.G. Diploma in Human Rights

- Central Co-ordination Committee, Member Central BPNI Delhi.

- Past President of Amravati ObGy Society.

- Past President of Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India Maharashtra.

- Medico-legal Counselor

- Member FOGSI Ethics & Medico-legal Committee, Adolescent Health Committee & Sexual Medicine Committee

- Member of Alarm International Committee of India.

- Vice-President Indian Medico-legal & Ethics Association.

- National Adolescent Health Trainer certified by FOGSI, GOI, WHO.

District Trainer for HIV & AIDS[MSACS]

- IAP-NRP Regional Trainer 2012-2014(IAP-AAP-LDSC- NRP, First Golden Minute Project)

- Convener Amravati Medico- legal Cell.

- Successfully organized 1st ZONCON on Medico-legal Issues in Vidarbha during her Secretaryship & then again during Presidentship

- Has written book on Child Labour- “Aamcha Kai Aparadh?”

- Co author: Text book On Medico-legal Issues.

- Published Articles on IYCN, HIV, Maternal Nutrition etc. in Text Books, Journals & News Papers

- Member of IMA, IMAAMS, IMLEA, BPNI, Diabetic Asso. MAHAN, Bharatiya Stree Shakti, , Sanskar Bharati, Maharashtra Patrakar Sangha & many other social organizations.

Dr. Khurshid Talukder


Dr. Khurshid Talukder is a Paediatrician working in Bangladesh.

He has been active in Breastfeeding promotion for the past two decades and is conducting research on ways to scale up Breastfeeding promotion in the National Nutrition Service in Bangladesh.

Dr. Megha Mamulwar

Assistant Professor, Dr. D.Y.Patil University, Pune

Assistant professor Dr Megha Mamulwar, born on 15th March 1981, obtained her M.B.B.S. (Oct 2002) from Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College Sion Mumbai, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences and M.D. in Community Medicine (2008) from Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College Sion Mumbai, Mumbai University.

She is appointed as Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Community Medicine, Padam. Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College, Pune on 01st Feb 2012 , wherein she is responsible for various academic and research related activites of undergraduate students of the college.

During her 3 years of post graduation, she has submitted dissertation on topic “A prospective study of feeding practices among infants aged 0-9 months born to HIV positive mothers” under the guidance of Dr Rujuta Hadaye, Associate Professor Dept of Community Medicine, LTMMC and LTMGH. She developed interest in the field of lactation medicine in this period of post graduation.

She has also received a international scholarship called Trudi Szallazi Memorial Scholarship by Health e learning for preparing for IBCLC exam in 2013.

Dr. Nguyen Thanh Tuan

Nguyen Thanh Tuan is the Technical Specialist in Measurement, Learning and Evaluation for A&T Vietnam, focusing on IYCF research, surveillance, and monitoring.

Dr. Tuan got his medical degree in pediatrics from Hanoi Medical University, masters in community nutrition from the University of Indonesia, doctorate in nutrition epidemiology from the University of North Carolina, and post-docs at Baylor College of Medicine and John Hopkins University in the US with a focus on pediatric nutrition, obesity, non-chronic diseases, health disparity and systematic review.

Before studying in the United States, Dr. Tuan was a lecturer for the Department of Nutrition and Food Safety at Hanoi Medical School.

Dr. Phuong Hong Nguyen

Dr. Phuong Hong Nguyen is a research fellow of International Food Policy Research Institute.

Currently, she is the Country Coordinator for the Monitoring and Evaluation component of the Alive &Thrive initiative in Viet Nam.

 She is a medical doctor and has served as an Ob/Gyn for over 12 years in Viet Nam.

She obtained her MPH and PhD in nutrition and health sciences from Emory University, USA. Dr. Nguyen’s research interests are in the area of maternal and child health and nutrition with a special emphasis on infant and young child feeding issues in developing countries.

Dr. Samreen Sadaf Khan

She is the Project Research Officer and lactation counsellor for the Study “Effectiveness of cell phone technology to improve breastfeeding indicators,” being conducted under “Lata Medical Research Foundation” (LMRF), Nagpur.

She has completed her Bachelors in Ayurveda and PG diploma in clinical research. She has an experience of working for maternal and child healthcare research for 3.5 yrs.

Training received:

A trained Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) counselling specialist

Peer Counselling Master trainer

Workshops attended:

International - Peer Counselling at Dhaka organized by South Asian Infant Feeding Research Network (SAIFRN)

National - 

1. Essential Newborn Care and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (ENC-NRP)  

2. Tele- counselling skills organized by Institute of Psychological Health (IPH), Thane

3. Statistical analysis and methods using Microsoft excel

Francesca Corna

Clinical Psychologist (University of Padova – Italy), master in Emergency Psychology and with a PHD in social Psychology (University René Descartes Paris).

Working in humanitarian sector since 8 years on psychosocial and mental health programs (Middle East, North Africa and Asia).

Currently mental health and care practices advisor for Action contre la Faim (ACF)– France Technical advisor for Asian countries of ACF: Bangladesh, Myanamar, Indonesia, India, Nepal and Mongolia

Johanna Bergerman

B.S.HEc, BA (Hon), IBCLC Public Health Nutritionist Population & Public Health Services Saskatoon Health Region Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Johanna was the ILCA/ WABA fellow in Pennag Malaysia in 2008; now she is the International Lactation Consultant Association representative to WABA.

She has been a board member INFACT Canada since 1998 and was a board member of the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada for 10 years from 1998 to 2008.

One of the accomplishments during this time was the publication of the document The Baby-Friendly™ Initiative in Community Health Services:

A Canadian Implementation Guide (2002). She remains actively involved in the BFI movement in the province of Saskatchewan, Canada. She is training to be a BFI assessor.

Professor Kaisar Ahmed

30 years’ experience working within the global network, IBFAN, to ensure transparency and strong consumer representation in all fora where children’s food policy is decided. The aim of this work has been to end the avoidable suffering caused by inappropriate infant and young child feeding.

Her work has helped bring about significant improvements in World Health Assembly Resolutions, Recommendations, WHO/FAO Codex food standards European Union Directives and the Political Declaration on the UN Political on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases. She has helped many governments - including the UK and other EU Member States - improve protection and support for breastfeeding and protect the rights of ALL parents – those who choose to use artificial feeding as well as those who breastfeed - to sound, evidence based and independent information about infant and young child feeding. Over 70 countries have taken steps to incorporate the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and subsequent WHA Resolutions into national legislation, and where these laws are independently monitored and implemented, product safety has improved and much harmful marketing of infant feeding products has been halted.

Since 1997 Patti has convened the Baby Feeding Law Group, which has 23 health professional and mother support organisations and unions, including the Royal Colleges of Pediatrics, Nursing and Midwifery working together on marketing issues to present a coherent unified voice to EU and UK policy makers. In 2011 she helped found and coordinate the Conflict of Interest Coalition which has brought together160 international NGOs and networks with common objective of safeguarding public health policy setting from coomercial influence.

Patti has taken a special interest in the issue of sponsorship, corporate partnerships and public relations and has played a key role in improving transparency in Europe leading to the EU Commission adopting new rules in 2000 which required members of its scientific and food safety bodies to make public declarations of financial links to industry. This work is ongoing with the European Food Safety Authority.

Patti represents IBFAN on the European Commission’s Platform for Action on Diet and Physical Activity, challenging Europe’s leading food and advertising companies to halt their unethical marketing of foods for children and highlighting the risks of commercial involvement in health and education services. Baby Milk Action produced an education pack in 2000, called Seeing Through the Spin, which is used as an online resource.

Baby Milk Action organises many company campaigns, and leads the 20-country consumer boycott of the world’s largest food company, Nestle, targeted because IBFAN’s monitoring finds it to be responsible for more violations of the Code than any other company.

Mr. Kuntal K. Saha

Kuntal Kumar Saha, a medical doctor and Research Fellow from International Food Policy Research Institute, is currently working as the Country Coordinator for Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation component of the Alive & Thrive project in Bangladesh.

Dr. Saha has master degrees in public health and nutrition, and he holds a PhD in international nutrition from Cornell University.

Before joining the Alive & Thrive, Kuntal worked at the ICDDR,B for more than 10 years. His research interest includes household food security, infant and young child feeding, child care practices, and growth and development of infants and young children in low-income settings.

Lysander Menezes

(Health Systems Design Specialist, PATH – India Program)

Lysander lends his expertise in health services research and evaluation by working across multiple projects for the Maternal Child Health and Nutrition team at PATH India. He has nearly fifteen years of relevant experience working on a wide range of projects in the health sector. His professional expertise lies in the areas of Regulation of Health Care Production, Disease Control Priorities in Low Resources Settings, Health Systems Design and Product Development Priorities in the Health Sector: Financing and Institutional Arrangements for New Product Development, Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines. His academic interests are in the following areas: (a) Health Intervention Design (b) Health Economics: Public Policy with a focus on (i) Economic Epidemiology and (ii) Convergence Empirics of Mortality Rates and Its Impact on Health Care Markets. His current project focus at PATH is in Asset Based Community Mobilization, with his evaluation work in the Sure Start Project in Uttar Pradesh and his management of the PATH team in the PCI led Parivartan Project in Bihar.

Prior to his appointment at PATH India, Lysander was engaged in knowledge transfer with the Indian Government on Disease Control Priorities and Health Systems Design and provided technical advice to the Government of India, Home Ministry’s, Office of the Registrar General as a professional health economist affiliated with the Centre for Global Health Research, a research institution of St. Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto; based in their Delhi Office. Prior to working on knowledge transfer with the Home Ministry, he worked as WHO National Consultant to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), Government of India, based in Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), MOHFW, in Delhi. His core activities included establishing the National Health Accounts (NHA) Cell within the MOHFW, catalyzing and supporting the production of the first NHA estimates for India as well as developing the proposal for making NHA a planned Central Government Scheme.

Lysander has accumulated six years of education, work and living experience in the U.S., having received his masters in economics from Northwestern University and masters in public health from Harvard University’s School of Public Health. In addition he completed a year as a researcher at the Max Planck Institute of Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany. His educational background and interests span the fields of Economics, Epidemiology, Demography and Public Health Policy. He did his doctorate in population studies from the International Institute for Population Studies (IIPS), Mumbai in the field of Economic Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS. Lysander was born and grew up in India.

Ms. Jai Ok Kim

President of Consumers Korea
Vice President, Consumers International.

She is a Board member of National Medical Center. She is a Steering Council member of IBFAN AP and Rep. of EA IBFAN.  She was a Chair of ISO Consumer Policy Committee (ISO COPOLCO). She has served as a Committee member of “Presidential Regulatory Reform Committee “, “Presidential Commission on Sustainable Development (PSCD)”, Korea. Ms. Jaiok, Kim is co- authored of 9 books; Consumer Movement, Consumption sociology, Korea etc.

She launched  Breastfeeding movement in Korea,
(1) Ban on Public Advertisement to obstruct breastfeeding
 (2) Ban on a baby bottle and an artificial nipple Advertisement
(3) Ban on producing baby bottles contained bisphenol-A
(4) Won the Enfamil LIPIL Lawsuit
(5) Organization Korea Breastfeeding Net (2008~2012 currently)

Purnima Menon

Purnima Menon is Senior Research Fellow in IFPRI’s Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division, and based in New Delhi, India. With a focus on South Asia, her research aims to improve programs and policies to improve maternal and child nutrition.

She leadsan evaluation team for Alive and Thrive, aninitiative to improve infant and young child feedingin Bangladesh, Viet Nam and Ethiopia.She co-leads POSHAN (Partnerships and Opportunities to Strengthen and Harmonize Actions for Nutrition in India), an initiative to build and mobilize evidence on delivering direct nutrition interventions in India.

Dr. Menon has a Ph.D. in International Nutrition from Cornell University, a M.Sc. in Nutrition from Delhi University, and is courtesy associate professor at Cornell University.

Purnima Menon is Senior Research Fellow in IFPRI’s Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division, and based in New Delhi, India. With a focus on South Asia, her research aims to improve programs and policies to improve maternal and child nutrition.

Have a good number of professional training by different organization in country as well as out of the country.

Rahmah Housniati, IBCLC (Nia Umar)

Education: - Bachelor degree from the Communication Faculty, Padjadjaran University, Indonesia. - Currently studying in Master Degree program at University of Indonesia majoring Public Health Nutrition.

Working Experience: - Founder & Deputy Chairwoman of Indonesian Breastfeeding Mothers Association (AIMI) 2007 – now. - Founder & Chairwoman of Indonesian Breastfeeding Counselors Association (IKMI) from 2011 - now. - IBCLC from 2011 – now.

Other Training: - Lactation Massage Training with Arugaan, Philippines on 2011. - Training on IYCF with UNICEF on 2011.


Ms. Sita Shankar Wunnava

Sita Shankar Wunnava is Director, Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition in PATH India. She has over two and a half decades of experience with international health programs, including community-based HIV/AIDS prevention programs and adolescent reproductive health projects in India. She has worked with UN, International and National Organizations, in a multi-cultural environment. Her core competencies include designing, developing and managing large public health and development programs; institutional capacity building, mentoring and team building; proposal development; developing training curricula and modules and action research.

Prior to joining PATH, Ms. Shankar has worked for Pathfinder International, India Country Office, where she served as the Deputy Country Representative. In this position, she led the PRACHAR Project which focused on promoting change in key behaviour that impacts the reproductive health of adolescents and young adults.

Ms. Shankar also worked as a research consultant with Project Concern International, New Delhi, where she carried out research and authored the report, “Migrant domestic working girls/women and their vulnerability to HIV/ AIDS,” which explored migration issues, social isolation issues, labour rights, general health issues, and HIV/AIDS issues. In addition, Ms. Shankar has worked as National Consultant for UNDP and collaborated with National AIDS Control Organization-India (NACO) on the project, “Strengthening Community-Based Responses to HIV/AIDS in India.” Ms. Shankar was involved in reviewing action plans submitted by NGO planning groups of six states viz. Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh, and she collaborated with the NGO core groups and the State AIDS Control Societies in each of these states with a view to identifying opportunities for synergy with the state plans. Ms. Shankar also supported each State AIDS Society to develop monitoring & evaluation mechanisms. She worked as a social counselor for several years with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, New Delhi.

Ms. Shankar holds a Masters in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, and Bachelor of Arts from the Madras University, Chennai, India. She is a Population Leadership Fellow from the University of Washington, Seattle, USA.


Dr. Sailesh Gupta MD DCh

MBBS Graduate from Seth G S Medical College and KEM Hospital, Parel Mumbai 1985

MD in Pediatrics from Seth G S Medical College and KEM Hospital, Parel Mumbai 1988

Practicing in Malad for over 23 years and in Goregaon for 7 years

Owner of two Nursing Homes in Malad and Goregaon

Have held several administrative and academic positions in the past -

1) Secretary, Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India, Maharashtra Branch - 2000 to 2005

2) Secretary, Indian Academy of Pediatrics Mumbai – 2000 - 01

3) Secretary, Respiratory Chapter of Indian Academy of Pediatrics – 2003 - 04

4) Secretary, Neonatology Chapter of Indian Academy of Pediatrics – 2005 - 06

5) Secretary, Science Committee, Malad Medical Association - 2003

6) Chairperson, Neonatology Chapter of Indian Academy of Pediatrics – 2007 to 2010

7) President, Indian Academy of Pediatrics Mumbai - 2010

8) Treasurer, Central Body of Indian Academy of Pediatrics – 2010 - 11

9) Currently Honorary Secretary General, Indian Academy of Pediatrics, 2012 - 13

10) Steering committee member of IAP NNF NRP FGM Project.

Dr Saira Mehnaz

Dr Saira Mehnaz is assistant professor in the department of Community Medicine, J.N.Medical College A.M.U., Aligarh from the last five and a half years. Her field of specialization is maternal and child health. She has got publications in reputed national and international journals.

She has participated in several capacity building workshops By USAID, MCH STAR in consortium with EMERGING MARKETS GROUP, BOSTON UNIVERSITY and CEDPA.

She has been a resource person and presented several papers in national and international conferences and workshops. Presently she is Co-PI in a Multi-Centric Task Force of ICMR on Migration, poverty and access to healthcare.

Dr. Samreen Sadaf Khan

She is the Project Research Officer and lactation counsellor for the Study “Effectiveness of cell phone technology to improve breastfeeding indicators,” being conducted under “Lata Medical Research Foundation” (LMRF), Nagpur. She has completed her Bachelors in Ayurveda and PG diploma in clinical research. She has an experience of working for maternal and child healthcare research for 3.5 yrs.

Training received:

A trained Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) counselling specialist

Peer Counselling Master trainer

Workshops attended International - Peer Counselling at Dhaka organized by South Asian Infant Feeding Research Network (SAIFRN), August 2012

National -

1. Essential Newborn Care and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (ENC-NRP), June 2009

2. Tele- counselling skills organized by Institute of Psychological Health (IPH), Thane, April 2010

3. Statistical analysis and methods using Microsoft excel, March 2012

Farhana Sharmin

Farhana Sharmin is a nutritionist from Bangladesh. She is currently working as a Nutrition Information Officer at UNICEF- Bangladesh and providing support to government/ IPHN to develop a National Information System (NIS) for Bangladesh.

Previously she worked as a Junior Scientist in the research department of Center for Women and Child Health (CWCH). For the last 6 years, she has been involved in child and maternal health related research.

She holds an MPH and MSc from reputed institutions in Bangladesh. During her MPH thesis she worked on Garments Working women's children's nutrition. Today she is presenting findings from that work.

Wafaa Abdalla Mohamed Taha Shigidi

I- General:

1- Name: Wafaa Abdalla Mohamed Taha Shigidi
2- Resent job: Director of nutrition, directorate PHC –MOH Gezira State
3- Email:

II- Academic Qualifications:

1- Master Degree in community health, PHC &Health Education center ,Faculty of Medicine University Gezira Sudan
2- 1998 Diploma in Health Education ,the Primary Health Care & Health Education Center Faculty of Medicine University of Gezira, Sudan.
3- 1996 Diploma in Management & Training for Nutrition Programmes Cairo. Egypt
4- 1976 – 1980 Diploma in Home Science, Ahfad University, Sudan.

III- Professional Experience:

1- August 1980: Implemented Nutrition programme in Gezira Province – Central State – Sudan
2- 1985 – 1987 Direct & coordinate National Nutrition Surveillance system in Central State In Collaboration of FMOH & USAID.
3- 1987: Director of Nutrition Department. In Central State.
4- 1990 – 1993: Direct & Coordinate study of effect of Vit. A supplementation in morbidity and mortality of under 5 children in Collaboration of Federal Ministry of Health
5- 1994 – 1995 Director of Health Area department – in Gezira State in collaboration of Irish Aid.
6- 1996 – 1998: Implement Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) in Gezira State
7- Executive director of Gezira State Population council 1995 – 2011
8- 1996 – 2011: Deputy Director of PHC directorate. MOH, Gezira State

IV- Currently:
1- 2010 – 2012 project manager of Integrated bio-behavioral Surveillance (IBBS) in Sudan in collaboration of PHC center U G
2- Director of nutrition directorate. PHC, MOH Gezira State
3- Member of Sudanese Association of Breastfeeding Action .

Moeng Mahlangu: Tshimi Lynn

Director: Nutrition at National Department of health in South Africa, responsible for Policy development, monitoring and implementation of all national public health nutrition programmes.

Previously lectured BSC Dietetics Students at Medical University of South Africa on nutrition in the Life Cycle with a specific focus on nutrition during pregnancy, infancy and childhood.

Lynn Moeng holds a Masters Degree in Dietetics: Area of study: Research (The study focused on barriers to Exclusive Breastfeeding for women in informal and formal settlements).

A master Trainer in Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) and a national assessor. Have been influence in regulating the code of marketing of breastmilk substitutes for South Africa

Kristina Beall

Kristina Beall is currently the Social and Behavior Change Communication Project Officer on the USAID funded SPRING project, working for the Manoff Group based in Washington DC. She has a diverse background with experience in marketing and communications, project management and infant and young child feeding research.

Prior to joining SPRING, Kristina worked with the MCHIP project backstopping communications and was Senior Associate at Devex.

The research that she is presenting today is from work done in Guatemala with PCI and she has also conducted program implementation and design research in the US and in Mexico City for the Population Council. Kristina has her MPH in Global Health Communication from George Washington University and a BA from the University of Delaware in Political Science and Women’s Studies.

Dr. Bhavneet Bharti

I am an Associate professor in the Advanced Pediatrics center , PGIMER Chandigarh.

Presently Iam incharge of the Division of social Pediatrics here at PGI and my co-author is Dr Karan who is senior resident in the Department of Pediatrics . Iam trying to prepare him for the presentation ,although Iassume the responsibility for his presentation .

Madam Pham Thi Thanh Hong

Madam Pham Thi Thanh Hong is Deputy Director of Women Welfare Department at Vietnam General Confederation of Labor.

She started her career in education sector, spend 6 years first as teacher and later as vice director in charge of professional skills in Hanoi Kindergarten, Hanoi Department of Education.

She has worked in Vietnam General Confederation of Labor since 1995. She is in charge of labor policies relating to female labors, training for female labors, gender quality issues, issues relating to labors’ children. She possesses broad experience and expertise in these areas.

Madam Pham Thi Thanh Hong holds a Bachelor degree in Trade Union and a Master degree in Human Resource Management.

Ina Verzivolli

Ina Verzivolli is the Human Rights Programme Officer for the Geneva Infant Feeding Association (IBFAN-GIFA). She coordinates advocacy efforts of the IBFAN network to strengthen accountability of human rights, in particular the right to adequate food and nutrition and the right to health.

Since 2010, she has been working for stronger recommendations to governments on infant and young child feeding by the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies. She has taken a special interest in the issues of conflicts of interest and is particularly involved with monitoring and analyzing the WHO reform as part of coalition of Democratising Global Health Coalition of NGOs.

Ina has an MA in International Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva.


MBBS, DCH, MD(Community Medicine)


1. JUN 2004 TO DATE (8Years)
Designation : Senior Medical Officer
Institution : JN Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University.
Department: Community Medicine

2. JUNE 2003 TO MAY 2004
Designation : Surveillance Medical Officer (1 Year) in National Polio Surveillance Project
Organization : World Health Organization

3. APRIL 2001 TO MAY 2003(2 Years)
Designation : Senior Resident, Department of Community Medicine
Institution : JN Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University.
Department: Community Medicine

1. Master Trainer in IMNCI
2. Master Trainer in Revised National Tuberculosis Programme
3. Master Trainer in Nawjaat Sishu suraksha karyakaram(USAID)
4. National trainer Breastfeeding promotion network of India(BPNI)
5. Core committee member UP AIDS society, STD surveillance

Member Indian uj Mission 2012, as medical doctor

Dr Vandana Prasad

Dr Vandana Prasad is a community pediatrician who returned to India after attaining an MRCP in Pediatrics from the UK in 1993 to join the social sector as a child health worker.

She is a public health expert with a Masters in Public Health from the University of Western Cape, South Africa. Her main experience and expertise is in the area of malnutrition, child health and public health systems strengthening.She is currently Member for Child Health, Welfare and Development with the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights.

Preceding this, Dr Prasad has been the founder secretary and National Convenor of Public Health Resource Network as well as its advisor on programme. She has been a Joint Convenor of People's Health Movement-India (Jan Swasthya Abhiyan) and a member of the Steering Committee of the Right to Food Campaign and the Working Group For Children Under Six.

As part of her direct work with children, Dr Prasad was associated with Mobile Creches for about 18 years, through which she worked with children in slums and on construction sites in Delhi and she continues to practice as a pediatrician for poor children through a free weekly clinic. She has many publications in national and international peer-reviewed journals to her credit.

Amal Omer-Salim, Nutritionist

Department of Women’s and Children’s Health
Uppsala University, Sweden.

She is involved in the education and research programs at Uppsala and has a licentiate degree in Medical sciences. Her main interests are in the field of infant and young child nutrition, maternal nutrition, the socioeconomic factors related to nutrition and more recently in the field of gender and nutrition. For many years, she has been working as a consultant to the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida. Other projects include two collaborative projects with NGOs in India, both within the field of maternal and child health.

Amal currently works as a Senior Technical Advisor to World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA). The main areas of work with WABA include working women, health care practices and more recently coordinating the WABA Research Task Force.

Dr. K. Kesavulu

Civil Surgeon Paediatrician, Govt. Dist. Hospital, (Baby Friendly Hospital), Hindupur, A.P.

Associated with BPNI, since 1993.


AP State Representative (Since 2004).

CCC Member, since 2009.

Member, IYCF National Training Task Force.

National Trainer and Course Director, IYCF Counseling Courses.

Assessor, BFHI, Unicef.

Working in association with Dept. of WCD, Govt. of A.P.

Regularly Organising BPNI’s IYCF Counseling training courses (for officials from WCD, Govt. of A.P. and other participants Nation Wide.) at Dist. Hospital, Hindupur. Recipient "AP State Honour" by Dept. of WCD Govt of AP (2010) Established BPNI Park at Dist. Hospital, Hindupur.

Aravinda Pillalama

Aravinda Pillalamarri works with the Association for India's Development and is a member of La Leche League International.

Raising awareness on fair trade and sustainable livelihoods, she works with tailors designing and marketing khadi (handspun) garments with a view to sustaining traditional living in modern times. Recognizing the role of natural birth, breastfeeding, baby wearing, sleep sharing, natural hygiene and free learning in promoting maternal and child health and empowerment, she works with parents and teachers in better understanding the value of these practices, how they are already in use, and how they are threatened and resources required to sustain them.

IN this context she also works in Srikakulam to promote programs that help people take control of their learning, food security, and health, such as village libraries, kitchen gardens, whole foods, and accountability in government services to mothers and children. She also serves on AID Publications Team, work ing to ensure that people who are marginalised by poverty, oppression or disasters appear as central and active driving forces for change rather than as victims or targets.

Through this AID newsletters, calendars and occasional publications help urban middle class people to understand the perspectives and analyses voiced by the people central to the processes of social change, who are too often marginaised from prevailaing development planning owing to poverty and oppression.

B Sudharsan

Name : B sudharsan

Father’s name :S.K.Balasubramanian

D.O.B : 07/08/1989

Email id

Course : m.b.b.s – intern

Achievements : icmr certificate winner,  medicon paper of the day award winner

Interested in : research activities & music

Interested field : pediatrics especially nutrition

Dr Quazi Syed Zahiruddin

Dr Quazi Syed Zahiruddin is Associate Dean (Global Health); Professor-Community Medicine; in J N Medical College; Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences (Deemed University); Wardha (Maharashtra State).

He has been awarded Young Male Scientist Award and Australian Leadership Award Fellowship (ALAF). He is Adjunct Faculty in Southern Georgia University, USA and has more than 40 publications in peer reviewed journals (22 International). He has worked in more than 8 funded projects and is member of South Asia Infant Feeding Research Network (SAIFRN).

Savitri Ray

M.A.from JNU – Centre for the study of Regional Development (1978)

Gender Training – Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok

(A permanent faculty at CWDS)

Designation- Fellow at Centre for Women’s Development Studies, New Delhi

2003- 2005(on deputation-– Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, Consulting Engineering Service Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi

Project Manager/ Gender Expert - Monitoring and Evaluation of Integrated Watershed Development Project (IWDP) in Uttarakhand (the World Bank aided project in collaboration with Govt. of Uttarakhand)


Gender Expert, under Haryana Community Forestry Project, an EU funded project, in collaboration with Forest Department, Haryana.

Ms.Savitri Ray has almost thirty years of experience in the area of Gender and Development. She is mainly into research, investigation, action research including impact monitoring/evaluation in relation to status of women. Also editor of a Newsletter for peasant women in 90s entitled Kisanin Manch.

She has done studies and published work on Declining Sex ratio, Missing women, Women in local self Governance, Gender and Migration, and action research on Employment and Income Generation for Rural Women. She was also involved in campaigning and advocacy and has the experience of working with PRIs/SHGs and CBOs on these issues. Also involved as Gender trainer with NGOs working at grass roots level.

Her recent involvement in Child Rights includes wok on ICDS and study of National Rural Employment Guarantee Act.

For last 4 years (2008 onwards) national Coordinator- FORCES, (Forum for Crèche & Child Care Services- An advocacy network for Children under six). 

Dr. Mohammed Ilyas Khan

First and last name: Dr. Mohammed Ilyas Khan
Academic title(s) MBBS,MPH,IBCLC(USA)RLC
Current position title within HMC Clinical Associate/Certified & Registered Lactation Consultant
Hospital and department name Breastfeeding Management & Resource Center, Obs & Gynae Department, AKH



1- MBBS, (University of Karachi, Pakistan 1983)
2- MPH, (Master of Public Health, University of Karachi), 1983
3- Residency in Internal Medicine, (DMC& CHK, Karachi), March-1988-Nov-1991
4- IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, USA, Oct-2005
5- RLC (Registered Lactation Consultant, (USA) Oct-2005, Registered Lactation Consultant License No-


1. Clinical Management of Breastfeeding.
2. Maternal & Child Health/Breastfeeding Medicine

(Please indicate any additional qualifications or certifications you hold)
IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, USA).

(Please provide a selection of scientific awards/honors/memberships – if applicable)
- IBLCE/ILCA (USA Award), Jan- 2011
- Regional Breastfeeding Merit Award, Government of Dubai, Dubai Health Authority. Nov-2011
- First HMC Quality Day Award. March 2009
- Certificate of Appreciation on Breastfeeding Presentation at Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynecologist Conference. Oct-2011
- Having honor to present AKH Obs & Gynae Department Breastfeeding Program in Many Parts of the World. Since from 2009 till Date
- Remain for five years from 2005-2010, Qatar Coordinator for International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, (USA).
- Member ILCA (International Lactation Consultant Association (USA). From 2001 till date
- Member American Academy of Pediatrics. From 2010 till Date
- Regional Coordinator, (Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (USA). From 2010



Currently working with Helen Keller International Indonesia as Nutrition Program Manager where she is responsible for managing homestead food production and nutrition program.

Mardewi holds bachelor and master degree in public health. For her MPH, her thesis was review of breastfeeding training in Aceh, Indonesia. She has been working on public health and nutrition projects/programs for almost 8 years including in CARE and Plan International, during emergency and development phase.

Trained as Course Director and facilitator for 40 hours breastfeeding counselor training. Involved in monitoring and evaluation for breastfeeding counselor training in Indonesia.

Jasmine Sneyd

Jasmine Sneyd, Registered Nurse & Midwife, IBCLC, Clinical Resource Midwife.

Corniche Hospital, Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates.

My home is the United Kingdom; I moved to the United Arab Emirates in 1982 (for 1 year!) and have worked at the Corniche Hospital ever since.

My main areas of responsibility are working in the Midwife Clinics, facilitating breastfeeding education/workshops for staff and the main facilitator of Parent education. I became a Lactation Consultant in 2000.

The parent education sessions focus on both Mother and Baby Friendly care, which includes teaching all aspects of breastfeeding, ante natal expression for at risk women, breastfeeding the practical skills and expressing breast milk in special situations.

I recently trained as a Hypno-birth Practitioner, a Nutritional Advisor & Personal Trainer to complement the work I do.

Dr. Anurag Singh


Qualification: MBBS MD (Paediatrics)
Experience: Senior Resident at Kasturba Hospital New Delhi 1994
Senior Resident at Kalawati Saran Children hospital, Lady Hardinge Medical College New Delhi. Jan 1994- March 1996
Assistant Prof Paediatrics Dr S N medical College Jodhpur, March 1996 to Feb 2009
Associate Prof. of Pediatrics, Umed hospital, Dr. S. N. Medical College Jodhpur Feb 2009 till date
17 years of Post Graduate teaching experience and 20 years of U. G. Teaching experience



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