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

NNEdPro's Mobile Teaching Kitchen 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 working within marginalised communities.

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 be improved with increased nutrition knowledge and support to adopt this into their lives.

Our Mobile Teaching Kitchens are multi-purpose, serving as a community hub for malnutrition screening and prevention, health promotion and disease prevention. They aim to be a safe haven within the slums, 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 has allowed the MTK Champions to continue to spread their good, healthy food and associated education of healthy eating, to customers wider than their own community. This aims to sustain the impact of the project, whilst supporting those women trained originally. Alongside this, the project successfully transferred their experience to help others in a rural setting in Punjab and.

 

Our next goal is to sustain these projects, whilst spreading the MTK model far and wide across the globe.

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

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Step 1: Training in action - Qualified dietitians, doctors and nutritionists share their knowledge and skills by training local volunteers. They in turn pass these learning points on to the beneficiaries showing how to cook a nutritious meal and deliver simple dietary messages around this. This step leads to the creation of MTK Champions, ready to improve the diet of their community.

 

Step 2: The SODOTO model: The training process occurs in three steps; See one, Do one and Teach one. The “See one” step involves participants observing how to cook the meal, taking on board the process and nutrition advice given. “Do one” involves getting hands-on, cooking the meal themselves, again listening to the advice they would give and confirming their understanding. “Teach one” involves getting together the community, and showing all that they have learned up to this point.

 

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. With some minor further training, they can establish a selling platform to sustain the project's impact, selling healthy food with a side dish of nutrition education.

Teaching Kitchens Model: Where are we now?

BHAVISHYA SHAKTI CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY

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

Currently, the MTK process has been completed and sustained in Kolkata for over 3 years, with the training also completed in Punjab during this time. We are in the process of working with organisations across the globe to establish other MTK interventions and continue to collect data on their impact and publish their work.

 

In the meantime, the Kolkata project team adapted to COVID-19 and have led the way in providing free meals to isolated members of local slum communities who were unable to go out to work or buy food due to COVID infection. They provided over 1000 meals to date, with the support ongoing, thanks to local contributions. We are now supporting communities with Calcutta Rescue, who continue to advocate for and provide healthcare services for these marginalised people.

Mobile Teaching Kitchen Cookbook

You will be glad to hear, that even if an MTK is not nearby, we have collected the recipes they developed into a cookbook! This is just £9 and gives you access to 15 menus with 3 to 4 recipes per menu. By purchasing the book, your donation goes directly to supporting the MTK champions continue their mission to help their community eat healthier.

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

Wanja Nyaga – 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)