Initiative supported by WHO and UNICEF with Indian Academy of Pediatrics
The Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) has more than 33,000 members across the country and is one of the largest professional associations of pediatricians in the region. In 2019, the President wrote about the important role pediatricians play in bridging science and parenting. Building on this, the IAP, working closely with the World Health Organization and UNICEF, have continued to draw attention to the important role pediatricians can play and are developing materials to support their practice.
- Consensus statement of IAP on ECD (September 2020)
- National Conference of IAP in Mumbai (58th PEDICON) organized around the theme Nurturing Care for ECD. A Mumbai Call for Action and Presidents Action plan for ECD were formally announced.
- The Mumbai Call for Action was published in the March 2021 issue of Indian Pediatrics.
Activities underway (expected to be complete by June/July 2021):
- Review of curriculum for undergraduate and postgraduate medical students to incorporate ECD-related competencies (task force constituted; consultation already held). Recommendations will be sent to the national authority for approval and publication.
- A special supplement of the IAP’s indexed journal (Indian Pediatrics) is planned along with a Position Paper to be published in the main issue.
- The President’s Action Plan on ECD includes training of 8,000 paediatricians/ IAP members (over the next 2-3 years) for incorporating nurturing care components in their office practise.