Interactive Discussion on "Investing in Women and Children of India: Addressing Malnutrition"

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GPPI-CPR and GHS jointly organised an interactive discussion on “Investing in Women & Children in India: Addressing Malnutrition” on 9th May 2016 to discuss the key roles political leaders can play in raising the discourse around nutrition in India.

The discussion was chaired by Ms. Vandana Chavan, MP, Rajya Sabha. Dr. Rajan Sarkar, Country Manager, India and Senior Advisor, South Asia at GAIN, gave a detailed presentation on child survival which focused on nutrition and immunization which was followed by an open discussion. A multi-party group of 22 MPs participated in the discussion.

Ms. Vandana Chavan made a special mention about the significant contribution of such interactive discussions organized by GPPI and GHS. She shared that such meetings and the interest shown by the parliamentarians has resulted in the formation of the Political Leaders’ Coalition for Children and Adolescent Health, under the leadership of Dr. Sanjay Jaiswal.  This has benefited a great deal of people and has encouraged crucial interventions.

Dr. Sanjay Jaiswal briefed the gathering on some key issues that highlight the current state of women and child healthcare in India. Firstly, he highlighted that every area of healthcare, ranging from pregnancy to neo-natal health, has been incorporated in various schemes and programmes. The issues is more to do with accessibility to these benefits. With stronger presence of schemes such as Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and National Health Mission (NHM), the role of parliamentarians becomes even more significant.

The discussion following the presentations included a number of suggestions, recommendations and critical questions. The participants contributed to an engaging round of questions and comments.