An initiative for better nutrition to bring together different stakeholders across Tamil Nadu for nutrition was launched on May 18, 2017. Called the ‘Tamil Nadu Nutrition Alliance’, the effort is being facilitated by M S Swaminathan Research Foundation in partnership with UNICEF and 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” he said, “without one, the others would be affected. Nutrition therefore needs to a coalition of different partners and institutions. Dr Darez Ahamed, IAS, Mission Director, Tamil Nadu, National Health Mission participated in the programme.
The logo of the alliance, signifying a healthy food basket and an emerging network was formally launched on the occasion. 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.