To learn about the Network in India from (February) 2014-2017)
please view the summary document for details on the group.
NNEdPro’s network has been active in India since 2014 and this page outlines our network as well as summaries of our key projects in the region (past and present).
The evaluation of nutrition knowledge and stress mapping among first year MBBS students in four different medical colleges in Kolkata and subsequent intervention through nutrition education and lifestyle management. Results for this initiative will be presented soon.
'NELICO' is an acronym for Nutrition Education and Leadership for Improved Clinical/Public Health Outcomes.
Two of NNEdPro’s key inter-related activities are to promote knowledge strengthening as well as research capacity within the nutrition workforce. In 2014, NNEdPro conducted a needs assessment in relation to nutritional care of almost 200 doctors and dietitians in Kolkata, India. The assessment, among other issues, identified a need for research training to enable the generation of local data. The exercise also brought into focus the dependency of key health workers on nutrition guidelines that are derived from results of studies conducted in the western world and not in the indigenous country.
Following this initial assessment, in February 2015, five members of the NNEdPro Group were invited to Kolkata to deliver a two day workshop in and around the 14th World Congress on Public Health (WCPH), in order to facilitate the generation of local data and subsequently provide important information to support local initiatives in nutrition care.
Workshop 1: Aim to provide early-career public health and healthcare professionals with the knowledge, resources and skills to be ambassadors for evidence-based practice.
Workshop 2: The importance of nutrition as part of healthcare responsibilities and empowering change through management and leadership techniques. Focus on how the dynamic interaction between medical doctors, nutritionists and dietitians and how the synergy from this can be utilised to help optimise population health.
Following the workshops and activities, ten ‘NELICO Champions’ were selected. Two ‘NELICO’ projects were selected to raise nutritional awareness in the Indian population and 2 teams were put together made up of ‘Champions’ to implement the projects from February 2015 to February 2016.
The assessment of the current nutritional status of children between 6 to 12 years in a Kolkata slum area, to educate mothers through nutrition education workshops. Findings from this project will be published in peer-reviewed journals in the next few months.
Read our publication on "Confidence and Attitudes of Doctors and Dietitians towards Nutrition Care and Nutrition Advocacy for Hospital Patients in Kolkata, India"
NNEdPro aims to create a sustainable health promotion Teaching Kitchen programme, envisioned in line with the key UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Teaching Kitchen will be a mobile multi-purpose space that will serve as a community hub for malnutrition screening and prevention, health promotion, and disease prevention and a safe haven within the urban slums.
The objectives of the Teaching Kitchen programme include the following:
Improve awareness (Knowledge, Attitutdes and Practices) of diet diversity and disease prevention
Measure indicators of nutritional health
Use cooking skills as a medium for education
Provide resources and signposting for food security
Promote social empowerment and impact preventative health
In August 2018 we launched the microenterprise phase of the Teaching Kitchen Project which is currently being piloted in Kolkata. If you are interested to know more about this project or provide support, please contact us at [email protected]
Tigr2ess focuses on education, empowerment and entrepreneurship leading to improved human nutrition, health and wellbeing.
Key population determinants include heredity, environment, diet, lifestyle and socioeconomic circumstances. Within this framework, education, empowerment and entrepreneurship are important factors that can define a theory of change that can improve lives and livelihoods, leading to better human nutrition, health and wellbeing with implications for community resilience and economic productivity. Our flagship project explores the relationships between these factors through assessing needs and piloting innovative intervention models.
Prof. Sumantra Ray is co-leading one of the seven Flagship University of Cambridge Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) projects with Dr. Shailaja Fennell which will explore how education, empowerment, and entrepreneurship relates to human nutrition, health and wellbeing.
Please click on the image below to download the India Members summary for further details on the group as at 2019.
The Indian NNEdPro Network is a collaboration of dietitians, doctors, academics, medical and health educators, researchers, students, professional associations and other key stakeholders spread across India.
The Laketown Scientific Research and Clinicians Association (Remedy Clinic Study Group), based in Kolkata is the central agency via which NNEdPro manages its key activities in India.
The Strategic Goals for the India Network are based on NNEdPro’s core objectives:
Medical Nutrition Education
Nutrition Research Education
‘Non-Communicable’ Disease and Malnutrition Prevention
Scroll down to past activities and read about NELICO India and the Urban Slum Dwellers project below which laid the foundations for the current Teaching Kitchen project.
The NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health in Cambridge is marking 5 years of partnership working in India with 3 key educational events in Kolkata, Delhi and Punjab - join us and register to participate!