Initiative supported by WHO and UNICEF

IAP President announces action plan

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. 

Activities completed:

  1. Consensus statement of IAP on ECD (September 2020)
  2. 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
  3. The Mumbai Call for Action was published in the March 2021 issue of Indian Pediatrics
  4. A position paper in the IAP’s indexed journal (Indian Pediatrics).
Mumbai Call for Action being read out

Activities underway (expected to be complete by June/July 2021):

  1. 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. 
  2. special supplement of the IAP’s indexed journal (Indian Pediatrics).
  3. 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. 


For more information:

Indian Academy of Pediatrics
President’s page (October 2019)
Consensus statement (September 2020)
National conference (58th PEDICON) website, programme
Mumbai Call for Action (March 2021)
IAP’s Position Paper on NC for ECD (June 2021)

For more details contact:
Dr Deepti Agrawal ( and Dr. Rajesh Mehta (