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India is strategically working to improve nutritional outcomes for children, adolescents, pregnant women and nursing mothers through technology, targeted approach and convergence.
Sanjeev dhamThe COO of the Smile Foundation says: “Young people between the ages of 10 and 19 make up about one sixth of the world’s population and 1.2 million deaths each year. A large proportion of the youth in India is an area where 56% are girls. The Sampoorna project selected 1,000 teenage girls in and out of school in a group of around 8 to 10 villages in Block Amirgarh, Banaskahtha District, Gujarat. An implementation framework such as a communication strategy, linkage and lever strategy as well as sustainability strategy for and development of entrepreneurial capacities was created. “
“Our strategy has always been about winning with a specific goal. The trip from Sampoorna was very enriching. The Anganwadis helped us a lot in bringing the teenage girls to the center and we educated them about nutrition. We also provided them with Nutrition Laddoo, an example for the girls to use to educate them about proper nutrition. Awareness-raising and service provision for long-term sustainability among the girls were our main goal, ”says Juhi Gupta, Head of Sustainability – PepsiCo India.
Santanu MishraThe Co-Founder and Trustee of the Smile Foundation explains: “As we celebrate the success of the Sampoorna Project, a joint initiative of the Smile Foundation and PepsiCo, Smile has worked with less privileged children, youth, women and families for over 18 years. Nutrition, health care in rural areas. The project not only aims at uplifting society but also focuses on community behavior change that affects the crowd. As part of the Sampoorna project, we have set ourselves the goal of improving the hemoglobin levels of 1,000 girls and educating their families about the importance of good health in adolescent girls. The project helped them overcome the barriers women face in their daily life. This conclave gives me hope that tomorrow will be better. “
Swatantra GuptaThe Head of Corporate Affairs for the Smile Foundation notes that adequate nutrition is very important to human development, which is an important factor for any country. Malnutrition has been an alarming problem around the world since 2015 as the United Nations launched 17 Sustainable Development Goals to end hunger, revive food security and improve nutrition. With the introduction of Poshan Abhiyan in 2017 by the Government of India with the aim of eliminating the malnutrition of children and nursing mothers, there is an eagerness to work more and better for society.
Dr. Sumantra PalIndia’s IES Secretary and Economic Advisor, Ministry of Women’s and Child Development of the Government of India said, “If India is able to meet the goals, we will be way ahead. Positive psychology in nutrition can be a great lesson in eliminating malnutrition. The Vietnamese Challenge was a good example of how communities can be made possible without much outside help and the nutritional status of children can be improved. Also why some children in poor households were better fed than others. We learned to actively feed the children in smaller meals. “
Manisha ChandraThe IAS Secretary and Commissioner for Women’s and Child Development in Gujarat said, “If you don’t have good nutrition, you cannot have a good community, especially a progressive one. The goal that aims to end hunger and improve the quality of health in the world, especially during and after the pandemic. The state government used technology to take advantage of service delivery during the pandemic, which has been a blessing for us. Our main services are complementary nutrition, growth monitoring, immunization, refferal, health education and preschool education. The State Management Center was named the Best Innovative Practice by NITI Aayog, Health and Nutrition Vol 2. “
The Prime Minister’s overarching program for holistic nutrition (Poshan Abhiyaan), various programs from various state governments, the contribution of industry, NGOs, philanthropic organizations and the participation of the Indian people strengthen the vision of achieving a malnutrition-free India by 2022.
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