The Health and Nutrition conference is going to be a forum for academicians, nutritionists, health-care providers, dietitians, public health specialists, health professionals, scientists, researchers, policy makers and health workers to present their latest research ideas, development and applications in all areas of public health (maternal & child health) and Nutrition.
Sukarya has been working extensively in health and nutrition for the past two decades and has served around 5 million women and children in around 600 villages and 90 slums in Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan. Its focus has especially been on addressing malnutrition among the most vulnerable sections of society. Even after 70 years of independence, the prevalence of undernutrition, stunting, wasting, and micro-nutrient deficiencies like anemia, vitamin A deficiency is very high, which is a major concern for India.
We began the POSHAN Abhiyaan with an unwavering commitment to ensure proper nutrition facilities for our women and children. India will progress when our youth and Nari Shakti (women power) are healthy.
High malnutrition is also among the greatest challenges facing global public health and well being in large parts of Asia, Africa and to some extent in South America. It is one of the biggest drivers of disease, maternal and infant mortality and poor child growth, apart from other adverse social and economic consequences. The indicators of Sustainable Development Goals also reflect the role of nutrition in sustainable health, women empowerment, poverty and inequality reduction.
“In this rapidly changing world where technology is continuously advancing, there are new breakthroughs from which we can learn,” said Meera Satpathy, the founder & chairperson of Sukarya. “We are therefore organizing this conference focused on five major topics and they are Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition; Public health, Nutrition and Diseases; Correcting Micro-Nutrient Deficiencies, Nutrition related Policy and Legislation and Role of Technology for an Efficient System of Public Health and Nutrition,” she said.
As per Prime Minister Modi, the issue of addressing Malnutrition is one of his top priorities and he has announced many policy measures like Poshan Abhiyaan, a multi-sectoral program to address maternal & child under-nutrition. “We began the POSHAN Abhiyaan with an unwavering commitment to ensure proper nutrition facilities for our women and children. India will progress when our youth and Nari Shakti (women power) are healthy,” the Prime Minister tweeted recently emphasizing on his nutrition initiative for women and children.
Sukarya has constantly endeavored to expand its knowledge and resource base on the subject to improve and upscale the effectiveness of its efforts in tackling malnutrition. This requires meaningful and interactive discussions with stakeholders and experts in this sector. It is with this objective that Sukarya is organizing this Conference with the following objectives:
· To share and discuss best practices, learning and challenges while improving Public health and nutrition especially for maternal and child health, MCHN initiatives.
· To share, learn and understand the use of technology, nutrition & promotion of indigenous food habits and community-based care to improve MCHN.
· To provide a forum to bring together policymakers, civil society organizations, practitioners and experts from the field of Nutrition to synergies the efforts towards the issue. This would also offer an opportunity to the country’s nutrition policy community to discuss priorities for nutrition in India and feed into the country’s policy perspectives, and programs.
The purpose of this Conference is to facilitate an open exchange of ideas and to deliberate on strategies that will be effective in combating malnutrition and freeing our future generations from it through access to good health, nutrition, cultural practices and lifestyle choices. Sukarya is also working towards developing a collaborative network and platform of all stakeholders for sharing knowledge and best practices to find the way forward.
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