Respected teachers, seniors and dear friends,

I bring you warm wishes from the state IAP Office!
Our activities for the year 2017 have already begun with the inauguration of President`s action plan on 8th January at our first executive meeting held at Cochin. New office bearers have taken charge in most of our branches and excellent branch level activities are underway. Our President Dr M N Venkiteshwaran has put forward an excellent action plan. It addresses one of the major challenges faced by our teens- Drug abuse, a major problem we face as health care professionals- Antibiotic Abuse and an attempt for preventing avoidable mortality in the community- by training our senior school children in Basic Life Support. Our plan of action this year also aims at bringing down the infant mortality to single digit by working in unison with the Government of Kerala in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals pertaining to child health.
We are also pledged to continue all the good work our predecessors started and nurtured. IAP Kerala shall continue with all vigour the war against the anti-vaccine lobby and try to remove all the confusions regarding the incongruence in the practice of vaccination.
Hope all the Chapter as well as Branch Office Bearers have started planning for the march of Chapter meets starting in February with Cal Neocon, the NNF meet, to the South Pedicon 2017, the grand finale due in November.
As I end my note I would like to congratulate and express our gratefulness to Dr Shibu kizhakkatra, our webmaster for continuously striving to improve and keep our digital organ as vibrant as possible. He have promised a complete overhaul this year with separate sections for members as well as public. I wish with these changes our website will transform to a very informative portal on child health in our state and country. In the near future, I believe our members could not only get information regarding our CMEs but also could register for conferences through this interface.
I would like to thank all of you for giving this humble opportunity to serve the Academy. Kindly be with me encouraging, criticising and correcting me and together we shall have a really successful IAP year 2017.
Yours sincerely,

Dr Riaz I

Secretary, IAP Kerala