Triple Burden of Malnutrition in India – Are We Doing Enough?

India has been grappling with the problem of malnutrition for decades now. With its persistent and chronic nature, malnutrition affects a large proportion of the population in the country. The triple burden of malnutrition in the form of stunting and wasting, anaemia, and obesity are common across women, men, and… Read More

Investing in health and nutrition of girls at any point across their lifecycle is a win-win for all!

India’s recent annual economic survey 2017-18 suggested that there were 21 million “unwanted” girls in India due to parents favouring having sons instead of daughters. Thus the news about improving sex ratio in few states this week (being attributed to government’s attention in form of several schemes and programs) caught… Read More

Nutrition Mission: A way forward towards tackling malnutrition through a multi-sectoral approach at the National & State Levels

Nutrition Mission: A way forward towards tackling malnutrition through a multi-sectoral approach at the National & State Levels The key findings from the 2013 Lancet series on maternal and child nutrition show that nutrition sensitive programmes in agriculture, social welfare, early child development and schooling can be successful at addressing… Read More

Adequate folate intake prevents neural tube defects and macrocytic anaemia

Folate is an essential nutrient that plays a key role in cell division, DNA repair, and tissue growth, circulating red blood cells and in reduction of macrocytic anaemia. Inadequate dietary intake of folate decreases erythrocyte folate and serum folate concentrations, and leads to megaloblastic changes in bone marrow and macrocytosis… Read More

PUSHTi: JSI’s project for undernutrition prevention, sanitation, hygiene, and health integration in northern India

PUSHTi is a Hindi term meaning validation or confirmation. The project, funded through GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, aims to validate that the integration of nutrition-specific and -sensitive interventions is achievable in a field setting. Pushti also means sustenance or nourishment, something that supports life. PUSHTi is a community-centred initiative to address… Read More

Swachhta Hi Seva

The protagonist has already made a conscious choice, good or bad; it drove the rest of his narrative. The emotional energy he carries with him delivers a morally significant choice to stay put and squabble the cynical standards of the community life. A site, beyond your fancy, masked among the… Read More

Nutrition on a psycho-social platter

Man requires food on a routine basis along with air and water to survive in today’s world. And acquires shelter, skills and education to sustain the survival. Malnutrition prevails in the species in tandem with the man’s survival instincts and will to sustain. But then efforts have been made world-wide… Read More

Community Engagement a MUST to Make a Dent in Undernutrition!

The consistently low rates of exclusive breastfeeding, complimentary feeding and the consumption of IFA tablets shatters the long perceived notion that undernutrition is an outcome of poverty, food insecurity and poor access to health services. There is more to it which is basic but critical – the compromised CARE PRACTICES.… Read More

Investing in Local Leadership to strengthen the local processes, ownership and ensure sustainability – a key towards attaining Zero Hunger

Even after 25 years of UNICEF’s conceptual framework and continued efforts among nutrition communities all over the world, the problem of hunger remains persistent. We know “what” must be done, but we remain adrift of the “how”. The centre’s recently announced National Nutrition Mission (NNM) is a step in that… Read More

Building Capacity of Young Nutrition Leaders to Improve Production Systems with a Focus on Improving Overall Nutritional Level of Children

Tribal communities are amongst the most undernourished and suffer a chronic hunger that has hampered their mental and physical development for ages. Their forced transit from forest dwelling to semi-settled and settled agriculture has led to a loss of much of their sources of vital nutrition, including animal and vegetable… Read More