Formal Announcement

Three nutrition knowledge and technical support initiatives join hands to improve the coverage and quality of nutrition service delivery in India

We are pleased to announce that the Alive & Thrive (A&T) India, WeCan and POSHAN initiatives, funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, have come together to continue to support and accelerate the goals of POSHAN Abhiyaan[1] at the national level and in select states including Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Gujarat.

POSHAN, led by IFPRI, will continue to bring together data and evidence to support policy and program decisions for accelerating improvements in malnutrition in all its forms.

WeCan will continue to operate as a knowledge platform supporting the government and development partners to collaborate, capture and disseminate best practices for nutrition programming.

A&T will continue to generate evidence and provide technical assistance to the government, development partners and institutions to adopt best practices in policies and programming.

Since October 2021, WeCan has been integrated into the A&T initiative, and has progressively transitioned to operate like A&T as part of FHI Solutions. The combined A&T initiative is managed by Binu Anand, as A&T India Country Director. Dr. Sebanti Ghosh now splits her time between India and regional activities as Senior Technical Advisor Nutrition for South Asia. Both continue to work in close coordination with Thomas Forissier, Program Director, South Asia. The A&T team welcomes Sumitro Roy, State Lead-Jharkhand, Priyanka Bajaj, Nutrition Technical Specialist, Noveena Swapnabh, Communication Specialist, Anumeha Verma, Knowledge Management Specialist and Jagdish Sathe, State Lead Gujarat.

The consortium’s technical priorities are to strengthen the quality of nutrition service delivery by supporting joint approaches to define, improve, support and assure quality, and to explore ways to improve the convergence at the household level of all the services and social protection benefits that can help families improve their nutrition outcomes.

Alive & Thrive, India is a global nutrition initiative managed by FHI Solutions to save lives, prevent illness, and ensure healthy growth of mothers and children. Since 2015, the Alive & Thrive India initiative has been on the ground in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh supporting the government and other implementation and technical partners in the adoption of best practices in maternal, infant, and young child nutrition (MIYCN). Through heightened efforts to provide technical assistance that strengthens policies and builds capacity in MIYCN, A&T is engaged in rigorous evidence-generation projects to address knowledge gaps on how to integrate MIYCN best practices within the India health and nutrition systems. Partnering opportunities with medical colleges and professional associations are offering gateways to strengthening MIYCN training programs for health care workers to build their capacity in providing necessary care and support for women and children. For more, click here: India (aliveandthrive.org)

WeCan (We Collaborate for Nutrition) is a national level platform to foster cross-learning within the nutrition community, to collaborate and leverage each other’s experiences, now also managed by FHI Solutions. WeCan facilitates scaling up of proven interventions for optimal utilization of resources and time to improve nutrition outcomes in India.  The goal and objectives of WeCan is aligned with the overarching mandate of National Nutrition Mission, a multisectoral nutrition flagship program of the Government of India. WeCan was conceptualized and established as a forum to enable cross-pollination of insights and sharing of learnings amongst different stakeholders, including governments, donors and development partners in nutrition. For more, click here: www.wecollaborate4nutrition.org

POSHAN (Partnerships and Opportunities to Strengthen and Harmonize Actions for Nutrition in India) is a multi-year initiative led by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) to reduce the nutrition evidence gap in India by synthesizing, generating, and mobilizing nutrition evidence. The goal of POSHAN is to enable policymakers, program implementers, nutrition researchers, and other stakeholders to readily access the latest, best evidence to support effective decisions to improve maternal and child nutrition in India. POSHAN works closely with the Government of India and other key stakeholders in engaging the Indian nutrition policy community with data and analytics to promote evidence-informed policies and programs to address the problem of malnutrition in India. For more, click here: https://poshan.ifpri.info/about-poshan/

[1] The Prime Minister’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nutrition or POSHAN Abhiyaan or National Nutrition Mission, is Government of India’s flagship programme to improve nutritional outcomes for children, pregnant women and lactating mothers. Launched by the Prime Minister on the occasion of the International Women’s Day on 8 March, 2018 from Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan, the POSHAN (Prime Minister’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nutrition) Abhiyaan directs the attention of the country towards the problem of malnutrition and address it in a mission-mode.

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