In light of the encouraging experiences and results of the EPODE methodology and the EPODE European Network and at the expressed request of the international scientific community, the EPODE INTERNATIONAL NETWORK, a not for profit organisation, was created April 7, 2011 in Brussels.
- For organisations and Community-Based Programmes: to share best practices and benefit from EPODE methodology and experience
- For the global scientific community: a global structure to put science into practice
- From the policy community: the risk-free legitimacy of EPODE to develop strategies for obesity prevention
- For the private sector: to generate more interest, do more advocacy and dissemination, facilitate implementation of Community-Based Programmes aimed at preventing childhood obesity and NCDs in more countries around the globe
- For all players: to share experiences and knowledge and to be part of a global approach together with a local action
It is a contribution to the response to the need and demand from the global community in the fight against childhood obesity and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), through sustainable and large-sale Community Based Programmes (CBPs).
The EPODE INTERNATIONAL NETWORK is conducted by a Board of Directors from the scientific and policy communities and is elected for a 3-year mandate. It consists in a network of community-based programmes aimed at preventing obesity, to share experience, best practices and tools at global level for continuous improvement. The network is coordinated by a dedicated unit and is supported by 3 platforms gathering a broad diversity of actors:
- A Scientific Board and Platform, with internationally recognised experts and a scientific leader from each EIN programmes member to provide scientific guidance for the implementation and evaluation processes.
- A Ministers’ Club, gathering Ministers, State Secretaries, members of Parliament, Mayors and elected representatives from each member community-based Programme to raise awareness on the obesity issue and to advocate for a strong and sustainable political involvement in the development of CBPs around the world.
- A Public-Private Partnership Platform, linking representatives of the civil society, corporate sector, NGOs and institutions to stimulate multistakeholder, concerted and coordinated partnerships supporting the implementation of CBPs around the world.