mobile teaching kitchen (mtk)

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If you are a health professional, teacher, community worker, dietitian nutritionist, prospective volunteer or NGO that would like to get involved in the project, please write to info@nnedpro.org.uk

BHAVISHYA SHAKTI CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY

We have prepared an information leaflet highlighting the vitamins and minerals included in our meals 

NNEdPro's Mobile Teaching Kitchens initiative empowers communities by sharing knowledge and skills through the medium of nutrition education. It aims to enhance health and wellbeing for women, children and families across communities, especially marginalised communities, as well as beyond.

Awards Received

  • 2017: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Impact Acceleration Award 

  • 2017: British Medical Association (BMA) Research Charities Award

  • 2018: Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Joint Award

  • 2018: University of Cambridge Interdisciplinary Research Centre Project Incubation Award

  • 2019: University of Cambridge Interdisciplinary Research Symposium 1st Prize

  • 2019: Highly Commended - Emerald Interdisciplinary Research Awards

 

Notes: 

Over 2017-2019, the MTK initiative was also supported by a GODAN seed support award

Over 2020-2023, the MTK initiative will also be supported further by an ESRC Grand Challenges doctoral training award

Why do we need the Mobile Teaching Kitchens and what do they do?

More than 1.5 million people live in 3500 unregistered slums in Kolkata, India. Most of these are temporary with one room per family and no access to proper sanitation or clean water. Cooking is mostly done outdoors due to ventilation, and without hygienic practices or facilities.

An assessment of levels of nutrition and health education in mothers and children in urban slum areas in the city of Kolkata found that 85% of mothers and children were malnourished - this could change if they had adequate levels of knowledge, attitude and practice.

Our Mobile Teaching Kitchens conduct nutrition education workshops in slums with established relationships. They are multi-purpose and serve as a community hub for malnutrition screening and prevention, health promotion and disease prevention. They aim to be a safe haven within the slums, a sustainable health promotion tool supporting mothers with limited resources to achieve the best nutrition for their children and families.

Education sessions and training have continued regularly since 2018. Since then, the establishment of a microenterprise model in Kolkata, as well as transferring of their experience to other beneficiaries in a rural setting in Punjab and their successful replication have been further highlights. Now we are looking for funding to spread the impact further both within India and globally by launching new Mobile Teaching Kitchen units.

How we train via the 'See One-Do One-Teach One' method

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Step 1: Training in action - Qualified dietitians and nutritionists share their skills and train local volunteers in how to train beneficiaries how to cook a nutritious meal and deliver simple dietary messages around this.

 

Step 2: The volunteers, supported by dietitians and nutritionists, share their knowledge with women and children in slum communities through workshops where they learn about recognising a template meal (with appropriate food swaps), and a balance of micro and macronutrients from inexpensive and locally sourced foods prepared hygienically with attention to quality and taste.

 

Step 3: By the end of three sessions, the women (and children) that participated are able to teach each other with their newfound knowledge and culinary skills.

Teaching Kitchens Model: Where are we now?

In October 2017, alongside the local collaborating organisations Remedy Clinic Study Group and Inner Wheel Club of Greater Calcutta (2017-2020), we launched nutrition education classes in the form of Teaching Kitchens in two marginalised communities in Kolkata (watch this video from the launch) and adopted the ‘See One-Do One-Teach One’ method of conducting Teaching Kitchen workshops which has had a visible community impact since its launch.

Following this, in 2018 we developed an innovative Mobile Teaching Kitchen model of education to reach greater numbers in the marginalised communities. Named the “Bhavishya Shakti” project, the first Mobile Teaching Kitchen unit was launched.

We have since trained marginalised women into “Bhavishya Shakti champions”, who helped us establish a registered cooperative society named the ‘Bhavishya Shakti Cooperative’. The aim of this cooperative is to sell healthy meals from the skills and knowledge they developed, whilst delivering dietary advice to the customers.

 

Champions have also been trained in rural Punjab, where we are looking at replicating the microenterprise stage as their next step.

abstracts on THE Mobile Teaching Kitchen IN INDIA

Helena Trigueiro, Luck Buckner, Marjorie Lima do Vale, Sumantra Ray (2020). The Kolkata Mobile Teaching Kitchen Project- Assessment of the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices of Mothers after participating in a Microenterprise Intervention Pilot.
Helena Trigueiro, Luck Buckner, Marjorie Lima do Vale, Sumantra Ray (2020). The Kolkata Mobile Teaching Kitchen Project- Assessment of the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices of Mothers after participating in a Microenterprise Intervention Pilot.
The Evaluation of Mobile Teaching Kitchens as a Nutrition Education Tool to Improve Health Outcomes in Underserved Communities.
The Evaluation of Mobile Teaching Kitchens as a Nutrition Education Tool to Improve Health Outcomes in Underserved Communities.
An Assessment of the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices of Slum-dwelling Mothers pre- and post- 'SODOTO' model of Intervention in the Kolkata Mobile Teaching Kitchen (MTK) Project.
An Assessment of the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices of Slum-dwelling Mothers pre- and post- 'SODOTO' model of Intervention in the Kolkata Mobile Teaching Kitchen (MTK) Project.
Exploring the Efficacy of the Teaching Kitchen Model within the Urban Slum of Kolkata.
Exploring the Efficacy of the Teaching Kitchen Model within the Urban Slum of Kolkata.
A Novel Approach to Malnutrition in Kolkata, India: Landscaping Research, Mobile Teaching Kitchens for Community Public Health Education and Microenterprise Development.
A Novel Approach to Malnutrition in Kolkata, India: Landscaping Research, Mobile Teaching Kitchens for Community Public Health Education and Microenterprise Development.

Mobile Teaching Kitchens (MTK) Project Team & Global Advisory Panel

Project Team

International Members

Luke Buckner – Project Lead

Sucheta Mitra – Deputy Project Lead

Jorgen Johnsen – Project Advisor

Marjorie Lima do Vale – Project Advisor

Helena Trigueiro – Project Advisor

Kai Kargbo – Project Analyst

Jodie Webber – Project Analyst

Matheus Abrantes – Project Support

Minha Rajput-Ray – Principal Advisor

Sumantra Ray – Principal Investigator

India Members

 

Kolkata

Sanchita Banerjee – Deputy Network Lead (India) & Project Officer

Debashis Chakraborty – Network Secretary (India) & Technical Officer

Asim Kumar Manna - Network Intern

Kannan Raman – Network Lead (India) 

Somnath Bhar – Joint Principal Investigator (India)

Mitali Gupta – Principal Advisor (Inner Wheel & Cooperative Society)

Sudeshna Maitra-Nag – Principal Advisor (Dietetics)

Sabyasachi Ray ­– Principal Advisor (Remedy Clinic Study Group)

Chitra Ray – Project Advisor 

Elizabeth Richards – Project Advisor

Kashmira Ghosh – Project Advisor

Mahua Mandal – Project Advisor

​Atanu Chakraborty – Logistics Advisor

Shaswato Chatterjee – Logistics Advisor

Jaydeep Chakraborty – Project Advisor (Calcutta Rescue)

Alakananda Ghosh – Project Advisor (Calcutta Rescue)

Punjab

Taruna Narang – Project Advisor

Global Advisory Panel (Project Team are Ex-Officio Members)

International Members

  • Lord Diljeet Rana (Lord Rana Charitable Foundation Trust)

  • Ianthi Tsimpli (University of Cambridge)

  • Harrison Carter (NHS in England)

  • Dominic Crocombe (NHS in England)

  • Pauline Douglas (Ulster University)

  • Ananya Ria Roy (UK Charity Sector)

  • Jaroslav Guzanic (Switzerland Regional Network)

  • Elaine MacAninch (UK & Ireland Regional Network)

  • Kathy Martyn (UK & Ireland Regional Network)

  • Mercedes Zorrilla Tejeda (Mexico Regional Network)

  • Shivani Bhat (Canada Regional Network)

  • [Marjorie Lima do Vale (Brazil Regional Network) - also a member of the MTK Project Team]

  • Marcello Scopazzini (Calcutta Rescue and NHS Scotland)

  • Esther Sulkers (Calcutta Rescue and University of Groningen)

India Members

  • Aparajita Saha

  • Piya Sengupta

  • Sagarika Mukherjee

  • Subrata Kumar Dutta

  • Sukanya Patwardhan​

  • Harjinder Singh

  • Urmil Verma