Women Empowerment

NUTRITION EDUCATION FOR WOMEN:


Nutrition is crucial for the fulfillment of human rights - especially those of the most vulnerable children, girls and women, locked in an intergenerational cycle of multiple deprivations. Further it plays a major role in an individual's overall health; psychological and physical health status is often dramatically impacted by the presence of malnutrition. India currently has one of the highest rates of malnourished women among developing countries. It constitutes the foundation for human development, by reducing susceptibility to infections, reducing related morbidity, disability and mortality, enhancing cumulative lifelong learning capacities, and adult productivity. It is critical to prevent under nutrition, as early as possible, across the life cycle, to avert irreversible cumulative growth and development deficits that compromise maternal and child health and survival, achievement of optimal learning outcomes.

Woman, the Pillar of the family, needs to be the Best in Health, then only Family sustains - Family Sustains - The Nation Sustains. Nutrition is an input to and foundation for health and development. Better nutrition is a prime entry point to ending poverty and a milestone to achieving better quality of life. Freedom from hunger and malnutrition is a basic human right and their alleviation is a fundamental prerequisite for human and national development.

Iron deficiency Anemia continues to be a major public health problem in developing countries including in India, particularly among females of reproductive age. The prevalence of anemia among all women in the Indian sample estimated to be 52%. Fifteen percent of these women are classified as moderately anemic (Hb 70-99 g/l) and 2% as severely anemic (Hb <70 g/l). While there are regional differences, prevalence rates across the states are remarkably similar. Iron deficiency Anemia is the commonest nutritional cause of anaemia accounting for about 95% of anemia cases, other Nutritional factors like Folic Acid, Vitamin B 12 and others account for 3-4% of the causes

SEVAK strongly believes that generating awareness among women and take necessary actions to prevent and control Iron Deficiency Anaemia through organizing workshops, promoting healthy food behavior and promoting low cost nutritional input through growing Bio intensive vegetable gardening becomes imperative. Therefore, with the financial assistance of National Council for Science and Technology Communication, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India and with the technical assistance of Department of Food Science and Nutrition, College of Community Science, University of Agriculture, Dharwad, University of Agriculture, Raichur and local Krishi Vignan Kendras of Belgaum, Gokak, Dharwad, Raichur and Gadag, has initiated implementing a project titled "Nutrition Education for Women" (NEW) aimed to develop selected 300 Women representatives, who can further influence more women, who can make an impact in this regard with the objectives of - helping individuals to meet health requirements through desirable food habits and nutritional practices that are adopted to the cultural pattern and food resources for the area in which they live - imparting necessary awareness and skill development on the scientific methods & information to have low cost and accessible remedies for malnutrition, and prevention of health problems and - Increasing the participation of women in Health and Nutrition related programmes of the Government.

Under the project Nutrition Education for Women (NEW), workshops for representatives of women organisations, students of Education, students of college of Social Work and adolescent girl students for prevention of Iron deficiency anaemia organized in Belagavi, Chikodi, Dharwad, Gadag and Raichur districts.