Tribal Affairs Ministry, AIIMS Organise Workshop for NGOs for Sahi Poshan-Desh Roshan Mission

Sahi Poshan-Desh Roshan

A workshop for NGOs on nutrition and health was organised by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs on Thursday, as part of its POSHAN MAAH activities. The purpose of the workshop was to closely associate NGOs working with the Ministry of Tribal Affairs in the mission of Sahi Poshan-Desh Roshan. The workshop was attended by more than 70 NGOs who are working in the health sector in tribal areas.

Anuja Agarwala, Senior Dietician, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi explained the need for proper nutrition during pregnancy, for lactating mothers and beyond. Richa Jaiswal, Senior Dietician, AIIMS, New Delhi gave detailed information on optimal nutrition for heart health and beyond.

The workshop was organised by Tribal Health Cell under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs. Dr Navaljit Kapoor, Joint Secretary, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and Vinita Srivastava, Advisor tribal health explained the importance of nutrition and various activities undertaken by the ministry for improving the health and wellness of the tribal population.

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs is working with more than 350 NGOs who have roots in difficult geographies like LWE, hilly, remote and border areas. It is important to associate such organizations as they have the capacity to cater comparatively service deficient areas where direct outreach of Government services through its institutional mechanism are not adequate: They also have an understanding of the local context in terms of barriers and facilitators. Tribal women have higher IMR and MMR mainly because of their poor nutritional status and tribal children have a higher incidence of anaemia, stunting and wasting. For ensuring effective implementation of nutrition strategies, it is important to understand tribal culture, practices and traditional indigenous knowledge systems while designing and provisioning context-specific services to tribal women and children for improving their health condition. Ministry has planned many such activities jointly with MoWCD for the Poshan Maah.


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