Chennai, May 19 (tamilnaducentral): An effort for better nutrition in Tamil Nadu, the ‘Tamil Nadu Nutrition Alliance’ was launched today by MSSRF in partnership with UNICEF. The logo of the alliance, signifying a healthy food basket and an emerging network was formally launched on the occasion.
A number of stakeholders from government, NGO, CBO and academic institutions participated in this launch programme. d aims to bring synergy on nutrition efforts across Tamil Nadu in partnership with the Government.‘We need to act multisectorically for nutrition,” said Mr. Job Zachariah, Chief of Office, UNICEF Tamil Nadu and Kerala. He spoke of how nutrition cannot be seen in isolation but convergent actions will be necessary to specific issues in women and children such as anemia.
Terming the alliance a timely need, Prof. M S Swaminathan, Founder MSSRF, said this could create a major change in the nutrition scenario in the state. “Agriculture, Nutrition and Health form a triumvirate. Without one, the others would be affected. Nutrition therefore needs to a coalition of different partners and institutions,” he said. Dr Darez Ahamed, IAS,Mission Director, Tamil Nadu, National Health Mission participated in the programme.
Representatives from the State Planning Commission, Department of Social Welfare ICDS and Health, research institutions, NGOs, nutritionists and community-based organizations participated in the meeting. During the day-long discussions, participants provided their suggestions and inputs for taking the alliance ahead.