IIT Bombay hosted a day-long symposium to explore the opportunities for multi-sectoral collaboration and co-ordination to strengthen maternal, infant, and young child nutrition (MIYCN) in Maharashtra. The keynote address was given by Dr. Sila Deb (Addl. Commissioner, MoHFW, GoI). Other dignitaries present at the event included Mr. Bapurao Bhavane (Divisional Deputy Commissioner, WCD), Dr. Mahendra Khandagle (Mumbai Municipal Corporation), Dr. Raj Bhandari (Member, Millet Mission), Prof. Satish Agnihotri (Head, CTARA-IITB) and senior management of Save the Children, India.
The TBR team was invited for the symposium, and our work highlighted and lauded by different speakers during the sessions. The conference brought together policymakers, domain experts, practitioners, nutritional leaders, educators, youth representatives, and several partner institutions in the field of transformative nutrition to:
- Share relevant innovative and best practices, case studies, and lessons in the field of transformative nutrition.
- Enable health and nutrition leaders, educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders to unlock and utilize the potential of transformative pedagogies across emerging learning media online and hybrid learning to promote transformative nutrition.
- Articulate and address key issues to advancing transformative nutrition in the current and emerging challenges posed as an outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Broaden the participants’ understanding and knowledge of the fundamental principles, themes, and concepts of IYCF, IM-SAM, MAMI, and MIYCN.
- Sensitize participants in cutting-edge research in the nutrition sector and innovative pedagogies and technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning etc.
- Identify areas of mutual collaboration and strengthen multi-sectoral coordination.