IBFAN ICDC 2018 International Code Training Facilitators

Yeong Joo Kean, LLM

Legal advisor on Code legislation

Yeong Joo Kean is a Malaysian lawyer with a postgraduate degree from the University of London. She was in private practice for 11 years before joining IBFAN-ICDC in 1999. During her practising years, Joo Kean was awarded 2 Chevening Scholarships from the British High Commission to pursue her legal education in public interest work, an area she now actively pursues. Her work at ICDC has taken her out of the courtrooms into the international health arena where she trains government officials, policy makers and civil society organisations in Code implementation and Code monitoring at the international, regional and national levels.

Joo Kean helms ICDCís Code monitoring programme and is in charge of ICDCís periodic publications like its flagship global monitoring report, Breaking the Rules, Stretching the Rules, State of the Code by Country and other Code publications like the Code Essentials series.

Based in Penang, Malaysia, Joo Kean also acts as consultant to national governments on Code projects, which includes legislative drafting and training. Her work assignments have taken her to many countries in Asia-Pacific, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.

Constance Ching

Programme Manager

Constance Ching joined IBFAN-ICDC in 2014 as Programme Manager, and has been responsible for programme coordination and planning, fundraising, and maintaining communications with partner organisations. She also works jointly with the Legal Advisor to co-facilitate Code trainings and assists in consultation with governments, UN agencies, and NGOs. Constance participates in international forums such as the World Breastfeeding Conference to raise awareness on Code related issues, and participates in the World Health Assembly on behalf of ICDC to advocate for stronger measures to protect optimal infant and young child feeding.

A social worker by profession, Constance supervised a university-wide service-learning programme that serves a diverse underprivileged population at the City University of Hong Kong for 4 years prior to her relocation to Malaysia in 2014. From 2003 to 2010, she worked in community-based housing programmes for the homeless population with mental illness and HIV/AIDS in New York City.

Constance sees breastfeeding protection as a pertinent global public health issue, and one that is critical in leveling the health disparities among infants and young children between poverty and affluence.

Constance obtained her Master of Social Work from Silberman School of Social Work, City University of New York as a recipient of the scholarship programme from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She is currently pursuing her PhD at Universiti Sains Malaysia.