As a core member of any family, women should be exposed to nutrition education and invited to participate in health programmes that include diet quality and body mass index.
Nutrition is crucial for the fulfilment of human rights. This is especially crucial to those of the most vulnerable children and women, locked in an intergenerational cycle of multiple deprivations. Further, it plays a major role in an individual’s overall health; psychological and physical health status is often dramatically impacted by the presence of malnutrition. It constitutes the foundation for human development by reducing susceptibility to infections, reducing related morbidity, disability and mortality, enhancing cumulative lifelong learning capacities and adult productivity. It is critical to prevent undernutrition, as early as possible, across the life cycle, to avert irreversible cumulative growth and development deficits that compromise maternal and child health and survival, achievement of optimal learning outcomes.
Nutrition is the foundation for health and development of one and all. Better nutrition is a prime entry point to ending poverty and a milestone to achieving a better quality of life. Freedom from hunger and malnutrition is a basic human right, and their alleviation is a fundamental prerequisite for human and national development.
India currently has one of the highest rates of malnourished women among developing countries. Iron deficiency (anemia) continues to be a major public health problem in developing countries, including in India, particularly among females of reproductive age. The prevalence of anaemia among all women in the Indian sample is estimated to be 52%. Fifteen percent of these women are classified as moderately anaemic (Hb 70–99 g/l) and 2% as severely anaemic (Hb <70 g/l). While there are regional differences, prevalence rates across the states are remarkably similar. Iron-deficiency Anemia is the commonest nutritional cause of anaemia, accounting for about 95% of anaemia cases; other Nutritional factors like Folic Acid, Vitamin B 12 and others account for 3-4% of the causes.
SEVAK strongly believes that generating awareness among women and taking necessary actions to prevent and control Iron Deficiency (Anaemia) through organizing workshops, promoting healthy food behaviour and promoting low-cost nutritional input through growing Bio intensive vegetable gardening becomes imperative. Therefore, with the financial assistance of the National Council for Science and Technology Communication, Department of Science and Technology – Government of India and with the technical assistance of Department of Food Science and Nutrition, College of Community Science – University of Agriculture, Dharwad, University of Agriculture – Raichur and local Krishi Vignan Kendras of Belgaum – Gokak, Dharwad, Raichur and Gadag, has initiated implementing a project titled “Nutrition Education for Women” (NEW). NEW is aimed to develop selected 300 Women representatives, who can further influence more women. These women would make an impact in this regard with the objectives of helping individuals to meet health requirements through desirable food habits and nutritional practices that are adapted to the cultural pattern and food resources. Their influence will be for the area in which they live. The goal is imparting necessary awareness and skill development on the scientific methods & information to have low cost and accessible remedies for malnutrition. The prevention of health problems and Increasing the participation of women in Health and Nutrition related programmes of the Government are other responsibilities to uphold.
Under the project Nutrition Education for Women (NEW), workshops for representatives of women organisations, students of Education, students from College of Social Work and adolescent girl students for prevention of Iron deficiency anaemia organised in Belagavi, Chikodi, Dharwad, Gadag and Raichur districts are provided.
Women, the Pillar of the family, needs to be the Best in Health, then the only family sustains. When Family Sustains, The Nation Sustains. But the lack of informative Education and lack of nutrition sustenance are making women prone to a health issue (especially Anaemic). Sevak joined forces with other socially responsible educational institutions to provide valuable Education on nutrition to women through our various campaigns. Join us and be a part of this important mission in making a generation of well-nourished women, which will in turn create a well-nourished nation.