Network Initiation Meeting
Need for the network, what the network needs to strive for, and how best it could function.
The “Fluoride Knowledge and Action Network” was launched on Oct 3-4, 2013 through an initiation meeting at the National Agricultural Science Centre (NASC) Complex in Pusa, New Delhi. The launch meeting was attended by around 50 participants across India representing institutions from the government, research institutions, industry, civil society, academia etc. The meeting was organized by the network Secretariat, INREM Foundation, with support from Arghyam.
Over three sessions that were spread across 2 days, participants charted out an initial course of activities for the network. There were discussions on the need for creating the network, what the network needed to strive for, and how best could it function.
The first session “Voices on Fluoride” focused on overall issues associated with the problem and what action could help deal with the problem.
The second session “Bridging waters” looked at finding ways of moving ahead, i.e. things like understanding what could be a possible network vision and what would be its possible architecture for smoother functioning.
The third session focused on “Baking of ideas”. It tried to assimilate different ideas and attempted to put things in perspective to arrive at a consolidated strategy, so that network members could start associating themselves with the network in identifiable ways.
Some of the mutually agreed action points are as follows:
- A State of the sector report synthesizing all the information available and work done on fluoride and fluorosis.
- An online knowledge repository and platform for information sharing Influencing, designing and tracking of government programs
- Identifying and plugging key gaps in the Water-Health-Nutrition interface for fluorosis mitigation.
- Developing regional nodes/hubs for the network.
Videos from the conference: