President’s Message


  • Dr. V C Manoj MD, MSc (Neo Med) Cardiff Univ UK, FRCPCH (UK) Jubilee Mission Medical College & Research Institute, Thrissur, Kerala


Dear friends,

Warm greetings from NNF Kerala!

To realize our dual goal of serving the new born babies of our state and strengthening our

state Neonatology forum, we had an action plan “NEWBORN” when we took over the office of NNF Kerala in January 2019! Our team (myself and my team partners Dr Vishnu Mohan, Dr Nelby George and a long list of executive members and district Office bearers ) have been continuously working towards this goal ever since then…

And when we look back at our last two and half years in office, it has been a very satisfying but challenging time all these days! Our major activities in the first year consisted of conducting 18 nurses training workshops, 3 online teaching programs for doctors (much before the era of Webinars!!), enrolling more than 120 members into NNF, inauguration of district NNF branches in the remaining 5 districts of the state that had no NNF branches, initiating a fitness initiative to create awareness of healthy lifestyle amongst the members, formulating a policy of including younger neonatologists in the Faculty team of various CME activities, increasing the social media visibility by launching the Facebook Page and YouTube channel of NNF Kerala, etc.

The subsequent period was marred by the Covid19 pandemic and a truly challenging period for all of us! However we manged to give more thrust and colour to our activities in this period with some landmark activities including

  1. Learn from the Legends - the unique International fortnightly Webinar Series in Neonatology, which we have been conducting since June 2020 with a galaxy of true legends of neonatology as Faculty and more than 4000 delegates from 67 countries! This landmark Webinar series has earned the appreciation of practicing neonatologists and trainees in Neonatology from all over the country and abroad!
  2. Conduct of a 3 month Nurses’ Online training Course in Essential Newborn Care! The course was attended by around 2000 nurses from all over the country! Team Pathanamthitta need to be heartily congratulated for their untiring work towards the success of this Course!
  3. launching of breast milk banking services for the first time in the state with the help of Rotary International and
  4. Launching of ‘Fetus and Newborn’ a Journal in Neonatology under the able leadership of Dr Jayasree C! The plan is to index this journal and nurture it to International standards eventually!

The most gratifying fact is that we have been getting all your whole hearted support and blessings in all these ventures all these days!!! This gives us the strength and confidence

to go forward! The enthusiasm radiating from the photograph below (of all of us together receiving the best state branch award in 2019 at National  Neocon, Hyderabad) speaks volumes of what we can do together!! Thank you so much, dear friends! Let’s continue our journey forward, all of us, now under the able leadership of the new team led by Dr T V Ravi, working together with our sister organization IAP to realize our dreams!


Author Biography

Dr. V C Manoj MD, MSc (Neo Med) Cardiff Univ UK, FRCPCH (UK), Jubilee Mission Medical College & Research Institute, Thrissur, Kerala

President, NNF Kerala

Dr Manoj



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Dr. V C Manoj MD, MSc (Neo Med) Cardiff Univ UK, FRCPCH (UK). President’s Message. FNB [Internet]. 2021 May 7 [cited 2022 Oct. 3];1(1). Available from: