Assam district level multi-sectoral nutrition advisory body: Outcome of a joint advocacy endeavor of the Coalition and UNICEF

Assam district level multi-sectoral nutrition advisory body: Outcome of a joint advocacy endeavor of the Coalition and UNICEF

The joint advocacy efforts of the Coalition and UNICEF Assam has resulted in constitution and notification of the pioneering District Level Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Advisory Body by the Government of Assam for addressing malnutrition and micro-nutrient deficiencies in six high burden districts. This advisory body Chaired by the Deputy Commissioner/District Magistrate has representation from 12 line departments such as District Social Welfare Officer- Member Secretary, Jt. Director of Health, Executive Engineer, PHED (Water and Sanitation), District Education Officer / Inspector of Schools, District Program Officer(SSA), Inspectors (Food and Civil Supplies), Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Parishad / PD, DRDA, Project Officer, ASRLM, District Agriculture Officer, District Animal Husbandry Officer, District Head: SC/ST, District Program Manager, NHM, UNICEF representative, Coalition representative, Socially Responsible Business/Head CSR/Tea plantation industry/CII/FICCI. This is in sync with the National Conference on “Mission Malnutrition Free India-2022” and mandate of the “National Nutrition Strategy” launched by NITI Aayog, Government of India.

This Advisory Body would be responsible for development of district convergent nutrition plan, undertake monitoring of the implementation and convergence meetings to strengthen nutrition programming in the districts. The Coalition and UNICEF will support in developing district plans and establishing convergence forum.

As per the Government of Assam notification(attached), the key departments will work together under a common framework wherein at least five proximate determinants of nutrition – uptake of health services, safe and nutritious food, drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, income & livelihoods and women’s empowerment – will be addressed effectively to accelerate decline of under nutrition.