Nutrition – Awareness Program on Micronutrient Deficiencies The Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India, has declared Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham as a Center of Excellence in Tribal Empowerment (Tribal CoE). This multidisciplinary center has faculty expertise from various Amrita departments.
The Nutrition – Awareness Program on Micronutrient Deficiencies was a collaborative effort of Amrita Center for Research in Analytics, Technologies & Education (AmritaCREATE) and Food Nutrition and Health Education Center.
The existence of concurrent micronutrient deficiencies in Indian tribal women of reproductive age has received little attention. This is thought to be due to reduced nutrition and dietary diversity, as well the dying knowledge of ethnic local foods and their significance. The program proposed that these issues can be addressed through awareness and training. And that educating women would help to alleviate the nutrition and dietary deficiencies, raise the families’ health status and to bring in positive behavioral change in the community. The program is focused on education of the importance on health of the micronutrients. The program also promotes locally available food resources and creates awareness on ethnic/traditional foods rich in micronutrients. The program targets tribal women of reproductive age group in Coimbatore District of Tamil Nadu.
The program seeks to;
Impart knowledge on prevailing micronutrient deficiencies
Educate the significance of micronutrients in their routine diet
Promote locally available food resources rich in micronutrients
Raise awareness of ethnic local foods rich in micronutrients
In all the selected hamlets the majority of the women in the group are of reproductive age (Adolescent girls, newly married, pregnant, or lactating women) with the remainder of the group experiencing menopause, all are between the ages of 14 to and 60 years.
Indirect beneficiaries – Male community members
Developing educating materials
Dissemination of videos and posters
Conducting street plays and puppet shows
Promoting micronutrient rich foods
Organising Training programmes
A Participatory learning method is adopted using Modules, Flip Cards, flip books, Posters, videos and Tutorials in small group settings for optimal learning