Private via public
Alliance with UNICEF in question
even though the Ministry of Women and Child Development is yet to take a decision on the conflict of interest between public-private partnerships and government policies, the ministry has launched a five-year programme on child welfare in collaboration with unicef in seven states. unicef, which often implements child nutrition programmes in India, is involved in many public-private partnerships involving commercial entities.
In July this year, the health ministry asked the women and child development ministry to address the concerns raised in a letter from the Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (bpni). The network had pointed out that there was a conflict of interest in the collaboration between unicef and Global Alliance for Infant Nutrition (gain), an ngo which is promoting market solutions to malnutrition. Danone, a baby food company that has broken the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes, is on gain