1. Workshop on Mid-day Meal Programme in Schools in India. The Way Forward.

The Nutrition Foundation of India had organized a two-day workshop on 31st July-1st August, 2003 on ‘Mid-Day Meal Program in Schools in India – the Way Forward’ – a subject which has gained greater interest in recent times owing to the Supreme Court judgment. The objective of the workshop was to examine all aspects and answer certain questions pertaining to the ‘Mid–Day Meal Program’. During the workshop, there were in-depth presentations and discussions on the experiences of various states regarding their School Meal Program. The workshop was well attended and participants included representatives of the Planning Commission, secretaries of the various State Education Departments, eminent academicians, and representatives from many organizations actively involved in the mid-day meal program.

2. Workshop on Strategy for Ensuring Food Safety

A National Workshop on Strategy for Ensuring Food Safety was organised by the Nutrition Foundation of India in association with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (UN) in New Delhi from December 6 to 8, 2003. The major objective of the workshop was to develop a strategy which will strengthen activities in India for improving safety and quality of food. The workshop was attended by a multi-sectoral and a multi-disciplinary group consisting of experts in the areas of food safety, toxicology, microbiology, and epidemiology, as well as academicians, administrators, representatives of civil society, especially consumer organisations and industry.

3. Training workshops for ANM, AWW and CDPO

As a part of their efforts to promote convergence between health and ICDS services, Delhi Health Mission, requested Nutrition Foundation of India to undertake a skill development training for CDPOs and ICDS supervisors in NCT Delhi with the following two components :

  • improvement in weighing skills and detection of undernutrition using the WHO 2006 growth standards.
  • nutrition education to pregnant women and preschool children for prevention and management of undernutrition ,depending upon their nutritional status.

Training is for two days; on the first day the training is done at nutrition Foundation of India; on the second the training is undertaken in the anganwadis in North- west Delhi where NFI has been undertaking studies for the last three years.

The training programme for 21 CDPOS and 236 supervisors will be completed by the end of March 2009. Of the two days training programme 50% of the first day’s training was devoted to providing appropriate nutrition education to the mothers on infant and young child feeding and caring and improving their communication skills for nutrition education; for the remaining 50% of time participants individually practiced the skills of weighing and checking the balances for accuracy and sensitivity, as well as in plotting weights on the growth charts. The second day was fully devoted to practicing both these skills in the AW centre.

They have clearly acquired/refreshed their skills

  • in checking the balances for accuracy and sensitivity and weighing children and pregnant women;
  • classifying children on the basis of weight for age as per the WHO 2006 standards without any difficulty
  • plotting the growth curves when given the data on serial weights of children from the NW Delhi anganwadis and to pin point the periods when growth faltering occurred.
  • Providing appropriate nutrition education to mothers and children.

They were also able to tell us what is the appropriate nutrition education depending upon the time of growth faltering, type of feeding practices and history of illness in the last fortnight (as given in the model card and the NRHM write up)

4. Orientation workshop on “how to do” for use of mother child protection card

A half-day orientation workshop was organised on 28th August 2012 at NFI for the officers from the National Mission for Empowerment of Women, NIPCCD, and FNB ( 35 participants) who have been involved in the development of MCPC and training of personnel in the use of MCPC . The Objective of the workshop was to

  • To familarise the officers involved in operationalsing the MCPC on how they could train AWW using simple pictorial instructions so that they develop the skills needed for accurately measuring weights of infants and young children and plotting their growth in MCPC growth charts for early detection of growth faltering and under nutrition.
  • To familiarize the officers involved in operationalsing the MCPC how AWWs can use use simple pictorial depictions from the MCPC to impart nutrition and health education to mothers.

All the participants were given CDs as well as colour-printed copies of the training material developed by NFI.

The work shop had two sessions:

  • Use of the simple pictorial material developed by NFI on accurately measuring weight and plotting it in the MCPC growth chart for early detection of growth faltering and undernutrition.
  • Joint MCPC for ICDS and NRHM.
  • Status of Growth monitoring using WHO weight for age charts in MCPC.
  • Use of simple pictorial depictions from the MCPC for nutrition and health education to mothers.

In each session, the initial presentation was followed by discussions involving the participants.