Nutritional equity and population health
The NEPH seeks to operate in three broadly clustered domains:
Underprivileged, marginalised and neglected populations – by instigating action research to improve nutritional health and overall wellbeing within such groups;
Members of the public including families with children as well as working professionals – by increasing public understanding of nutritional prevention through awareness, education, and training around food choices, cooking and diet-lifestyle patterns, including occupational wellbeing programmes aimed at improving workplace productivity through adequate provision of Nutrition and Hydration;
Nutrition Researchers, Educators and Change-Drivers – by commissioning small but impactful projects to pilot novel ideas requiring ‘first break’ funding, guidance and support via our partner charity, The International Food and Nutrition Trust.
In the UK and more widely, NEPH has conducted various engagement and awareness events with schools and the public. These activities have employed inter-disciplinary collaborations and has led to the involvement of public figures to help highlight key nutrition and health related messages.
In India, NEPH has led a critical mass of work in India leading to the development of mobile teaching kitchens as a model for health and social innovation in marginalised impoverished populations, which has been recognised through funding awards from the British Medical Association Charities, the Economic and Social Research Council Impact Acceleration Programme and a flagship project awarded via the Global Challenges Research Fund (2018).
A future vision around the NEPH includes working more closely with other social and humanitarian organisations.
Direct action and evaluation to lessen the nutrition and health inequalities gap through building transferrable and scalable models of lean innovation and through the empowerment of marginalised populations with a focus on lesser resourced settings.
Mobile Teaching Kitchen (MTK) Initiative & Co-operative Society
The NNEdPro 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 marginalised communities, as well as beyond. Our MTKs 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. 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 MTK units.
"TIGR2ESS“ & Global Challenges (UK-LMICs)
TIGR2ESS focuses on education, empowerment and entrepreneurship leading to improved human nutrition, health, and wellbeing.
Junior Ambassadors & ‘The Confluence’ (Sustainability Action)
At our 10th Anniversary in 2018 we launched our ambassadors and outreach programme with our first junior ambassador, Nikitah Ray, with a special focus on climate change, sustainability, and food security. The NNEdPro Junior Ambassadors’ Club (JAC) has now expanded and is responsible for the Kids Kitchen Club Challenge bringing together a group of tomorrow’s changemakers to foster social action through an annual cooking and nutritional awareness challenge for school children. The JAC is also responsible for a 2-yearly performing arts production (The Confluence) designed to raise awareness on sustainability action. In addition, we have also appointed an Intercultural Ambassador to champion social messaging and public awareness of key initiatives.
Performing arts-based charity fundraising events such as our "Indian Summer"(2016) “Spices of South Asia” (2017) and “The Confluence" (2019) events to support our urban slum-dwellers teaching kitchen project in India
NELICO (Nutrition Education and Leadership for Improved Clinical/Public Health Outcomes) India - 2015-19
GODAN-NNEdPro Strategic Partnership on Agriculture and Nutrition in Developing Countries - 2017-19
Urban Slumdwellers Teaching Kitchens Project Phases 1 and 2 - 2017-20
We are currently looking for volunteers, funding agencies or philanthropists to assist with our charity and research activities under NEPH. If you are interested, please let us know!