Deliberations on improving quality of nutrition services & ensuring last mile convergence
There is a growing recognition amongst development partners on the significance of improving quality of nutrition services and ensuring last mile convergence. Both the factors are essential to cater to the beneficiaries effectively and provide impetus to POSHAN Abhiyan. Quality of nutrition services and last mile convergence requires structural readiness, policy support and benchmarked processes. All stakeholders involved are devising innovative methods to integrate these elements to improve nutrition outcomes. On occasion of POSHAN Maah, WeCan in collaboration with Coalition for Food & Nutrition Security organized an inter-state panel discussion, for deliberations of experiences from Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand. The panellists included Smt. Manisha Chandra, IAS, Commissioner & Secretary, WCD, Government of Gujarat, Dr. Dinesh Kumar Saxena, IFS, Director General – Jharkhand State Nutrition Mission, WCD, Government of Jharkhand and Smt. Swati Meena Nayak, IAS, Director – WCD, Government of Madhya Pradesh. The discussions were moderated by Dr. Satish Agnihotri ([IAS (Retd.)], CTARA, IIT Bombay). Shir Binu Anand, National Team Lead, WeCan and Dr Sujeet Ranjan, Executive Director, CFNS also took part in the deliberations. The participants included development partners, researchers and development professionals, who enriched the discussions through interactions with the panellists.