The first national conference for women medical professionals organized by IAP and the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) and focused on health and nutrition of girls and women organized by the Indian Association of Paediatrics Women’s Wing “FEMPEDICON,” on 30-31 July 2022 in Nashik, Maharashtra. The theme of the conference was “Towards Empowering the Community.” The event was inaugurated by Dr Bharti Pawar, Honorable Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Health and Family Welfare. It was attended by over 200 delegates.
An Early Childhood Development (ECD) Campaign, PAALAN 1000 Days, was launched by Dr Bharti Pawar, Honorable Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, on 16-17 August 2022 in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The campaign was launched along with print and audio-visual materials (for radio & TV spots) and a parenting mobile application. The conclave emphasized the implementation of a nurturing care framework by integrating and strengthening ECD with a focus on Home-Based Newborn Care (HBNC) and Home-Based Care for Young Children (HBYC) programming; multisectoral approaches and partnerships with development partners and international/national NGOs to support roll-out at state level; integration of ECD in HBYC programming and focussed skill building of ASHAs on ECD; and empowering mothers and families for ECD.
The third national level training of trainers for Anemia Mukt Bharat (AMB) was organized by the National Centre of Excellence and Advanced Research on Anemia Control (NCEAR-A) and the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG), supported by UNICEF on 18-19 August 2022. Faculties from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) from various states participated in the event.
The workshop focused on expanding the role of state AIIMs faculty beyond Master Trainers to support program planning and concurrent monitoring with a focus on quality of implementation; strengthening role of state AIIMS as State Centres of Excellence and Advanced Research on Anemia Control (SCEAR-A) with support from development partners; the criticality of sustained funding through government and institutional continuity for effective functioning; appropriate management of anaemia (therapeutic treatment) along with prophylactic Iron Folic Acid (IFA) supplementation across the key age -groups; 360-degree SBCC approaches for IFA adherence/compliance; diet diversification and improved food systems linkages; and strengthening system-led data driven reviews, especially convergent reviews with other relevant departments.
To raise awareness of the importance of breastfeeding and to advocate for additional investment to protect, promote and support breastfeeding, a panel comprised of nutrition leaders discussed key issues related to breastfeeding during World Breastfeeding Week 2022. The Commissionerate of Women and Child Development (CWCD), and Department of Integrated Child Development Services, Gujarat, in association with Alive & Thrive organized the panel discussion, “Stepping Up for Breastfeeding: Way forward to Healthy Future Generations of Gujarat” on 2 August 2022. Click here for webinar recording: https://fb.watch/gIva1Sh62b/
A week-long national webinar series on protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding reached hundreds of pediatricians during World Breastfeeding Week. The Indian Association of Paediatrics (IAP) and its Infant, Young, Child Feeding (IYCF) Chapter, the National Neonatology Forum (NNF), the state IAP and IYCF chapters of Karnataka, Kerela and Maharashtra, and the Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI) organized the seven-day series, conducted during World Breastfeeding Week, with support from Alive & Thrive. The webinar series aimed to sensitize diverse stakeholders, including health functionaries, on various aspects of Breastfeeding. The series emphasized seven different themes, including Scientific evidence supporting Breastfeeding; Breastfeeding – techniques, barriers, taboos, myths; Breast pathology associated with breastfeeding; Breastfeeding in special situations; Human Milk Banking/Comprehensive Lactation Management Centres (CLMCs); IMS Act International Scenario; and Association of media, including use of print and electronic media, social network platforms (Facebook, twitter, YouTube, Instagram), and celebrities.
Anuvaad Solutions and the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), hosted a webinar on “First 1000 Days of Life: Importance and opportunities” on 30 September.
The webinar emphasized the importance of healthy diets for pregnant women, key nutrients mothers should include in their diet during pregnancy, and common sources of those nutrients which are easily available in Indian households. She added the importance of complementary feeding (CF) and timely introduction of CF, and it should be continued with breastfeeding in the first 1000 days of life.
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A one-day National level Conference on Nutrition titled “Poshan Panchayat 2022” was organized on 24th September 2022 by SHARP NGO, India’s largest school health network working pan India since 1999. The event was held in support of Government of India’s flagship program ‘Poshan Abhiyaan’ under which various activities are organized during the month of September, which is celebrated as ‘Poshan Maah’. It aims to improve the nutritional outcomes of adolescents, children, pregnant women and lactating mothers. The event was attended by over 300 delegates comprising nutritionists, doctors, academicians, policymakers, students, teachers, Government, CSR and health professionals from various parts of the country. While inaugurating the event, Ms A Dhanalaskshmi, Joint Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Minority Affairs, informed that the Government is in the process of preparation of Vision Document 2047, a way forward to make India a well-developed country and to achieve this goal, the necessary roadmap towards eradication of malnutrition by 2030 is a key priority for the country. Sh K Gurumurthy, Joint Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Fertilizers highlighted the significance of including millets in diet to tackle malnutrition in India as India continues to be the largest producer of millets in the world. Dr Puran Prakash, Founder of SHARP NGO gave the opening speech for the event.
Poshan Panchayat 2022 conference was curated using the Panchtattva strategy to achieve the goal of dealing with the need for nutrition awareness and healthy eating in the country. Poshan Chaupal showcased the deliberations to discuss the interventions which can be used to combat malnutrition. This was complemented with interesting segments such as Poshan Mela, Poshan Pakwan, Poshan Dangal and a Nutrition theme Poshan fashion show.
To mark the National Nutrition Month (Rashtriya POSHAN Maah) and to strengthen nutrition interventions in Aspirational Districts in India, NITI Aayog and Save the Children, India jointly organized a roundtable discussion on 30 September 2022.
The discussion was joined by several dignitaries from NITI Aayog, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Department of Women and Child Development from the states of Haryana and Madhya Pradesh. Development partners also joined the discussion, including the United Nations World Food Programme, RTI India, World Vision, UNICEF, Nutrition International, Piramal Swasthya, and Alive & Thrive.
The discussion focused on state perspective on challenges and local solutions for improved coverage of POSHAN Abhiyan, ICDS project monitoring as part of the system strengthening, learnings & best practices for strengthening supplementary nutrition in ICDS in Aspirational and other districts and for improving adolescent and maternal nutrition, Millet as one of the most affordable solutions, innovations on capacity building of Front Line Workers, learning and evidences from Aspirational Districts on innovative models to augment ICDS nutritional services at AWC level and solutions to mitigate challenges, leveraging existing networks of partners for effective delivery of nutrition program and models for community accountability and multi sectoral convergence in tribal and aspirational districts
 The NITI Aayog (lit. ’Policy Commission‘; abbreviation for National Institution for Transforming India) serves as the apex public policy think tank of the Government of India, and the nodal agency tasked with catalyzing economic development and fostering cooperative federalism through the involvement of State Governments of India in the economic policy-making process using a bottom-up approach