India might be touted as an emerging superpower, but millions of her children are still malnourished — the result of unhealthy diets, poor sanitation and their mothers’ own bad health and low social status. Malnutrition threatens not only children’s physical well-being, but their cognitive development, too. The newly launched POSHAN Abhiyan by the GoI aims to address this pressing issue. Dr. Prasanna has been involved in serious and innovative efforts to bring down child malnutrition in Dhamtari and ensuring convergence between various schemes. His latest initiative envisions a Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM)-free Dhamtari. In this talk, Dr. Prasanna will speak about his experience of taking policy and implementation decisions to tackle child malnutrition, the challenges he faces and the road ahead.
Bio-sketch of the speaker:
Dr. C. R. Prasanna is an IAS officer of Chhattisgarh cadre from the 2006 batch. He is the recipient of the 2015 “Excellence in Public Administration” award for the innovative scheme called Fulwari Yojana, which he had initiated as Collector of Surguja district in 2012. Under the Fulwari Yojana, creches are set up in tribal areas which provide good quality food and care to children, pregnant and breast-feeding women. Another, innovative feature is that it does not have any salaried worker. The crèches are managed by groups of mothers from the local community.
Title: Bringing down child malnutrition - the Dhamtari experience
Speaker: Dr. C. R. Prasanna (IAS)
Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Time: 03:30 pm – 05:00 pm
Venue: LC 302