The Odisha State Food Commission(OSFC) organised a multi sector stakeholder meeting on October 30, 2017, Chaired by Mr Ranglal Jamuda, Chairperson, OSFC to discuss on the findings of the World Hunger Report 2017. Among others, Ms Shalini Pandit, MD, National Health Mission, Mr Manoj Kumar Panda, Member, OSFC, Dr Sipra Mallick, Member, OSFC, Ms Rajashree Mohanty, Member Secretary, OSFC, Dr Binod Ku. Mishra, Special Secretary, (Public Health), DoHFW, Dr Sarat Chandra Sahu, Director, Family Welfare, Mr R.R. Nayak, DSO, DoWCD, Ms Itishree Kanungo, State Coordinator, CFNS were present in the meeting. Mr Basanta Kumar Kar, CEO, CFNS was invited to present the findings of the World Hunger Index.
The house discussed the report and the position of India in comparison to other countries. A range of concerns were raised and suggestions given to bring about sustainable changes in the state strategy for reduction in crucial indicators such as stunting, wasting and iron deficiency anaemia. The meeting made the following recommendations for the policy makers and implementers:
- An operational guideline with clear standards and measures needs to be in place for of screening of SAM children.
- There needs to be more referrals to the NRCs at the districts/Block level so that bed occupancy can be optimally utilised. Strong tracking system needs to be developed to track all discharged SAM children as follow up is poor.
- Recognising the fact that low level of iron is not the only cause of anaemia it was decided that serious thoughts need to be given on multi- nutrient fortification should be done.
- OLM needs to be linked in the under nutrition reduction programme to address the issue concerning all the target groups by improving access to dietary diversity at the household and community level.
- Cluster specific interventions are to be experimented where the nutrition indicators are very critical i.e. Nagada.
- Community monitoring and social audit to be institutionalised through various community groups.
- Involvement of APPI, TATA and other private sector partners are very crucial. APPI was requested to facilitate an efficacy trial of ‘mandia’ millet at the community level and recommend its outcome so that future strategies can be built upon it.
- There should be a State level advocacy cum convergence meting involving all concerned Departments every quarter to review, monitor all nutritional indicators, take corrective action and make future plan.