Free Maternal, Infant Young Child Nutrition Course
This course is available for free on Swayam portal starting from 24th
January for 3 months and involves 2.5 hours of online sessions per week
for 12 weeks.
Why take this course: Speech by "Prof. Parag Bhargava, Dept. of Metallurgy, IIT B.
will get a certificate on Maternal, Infant Young Child Nutrition, if
they clear exams and pay 1,000 Rs. Presently, in English but one very
important session on BF techniques will also be available in Hindi as
part of the live recording in the studio this semester. So far, 2,000
people have registered.
Kindly share the given link to everyone
who you think would be benefitted from this learnings. Actually, anyone
can benefit from this.
In this predominantly skill based course, basic concepts of nutrition
science, maternal nutrition, techniques of breastfeeding, newborn care,
complementary feedings, anthropometric assessment are covered. This
course will encompass holistic care of pregnant and lactating mothers as
well as young children.
Malnutrition is a burning issue in India where 36% children are
stunted while 34% children are underweight as per NFHS4 data. This
undernutrition is pervasive in all strata of society including the
richest wealth quintile. Besides undernutrition, we also have an issue
of obesity and poor metabolic health in not only adults but also in
children as young as 5 years old as per CNNS data. To tackle this
malnutrition problem, an intervention in 1st 1,000 days is very crucial.
1st 1,000 days extends from conception till 2nd birthday where maximum
physical and brain development occurs in the child. Growth during this
period is critical for future height and cognition. Considering the
importance of these 1,000 days, this course is designed to provide a
multi-faceted approach to effectively tackle the first 1,000 days for
children’s optimum growth. In this predominantly skill based course,
basic concepts of nutrition science, maternal nutrition, techniques of
breastfeeding, newborn care, complementary feedings, anthropometric
assessment are covered. This course will encompass holistic care of
pregnant and lactating mothers as well as young children.
INTENDED-AUDIENCE: Students, professionals of developmental institutions, IITs, IAS
officers who are passionate about improving IYCF and nutrition
indicators in their districts, other Govt personnel from Dept of Health,
WCD dept, Ministry of education, tribal welfare dept, IRMA, Researchers
working in various sectors including food science, health and nutrition
professionals, frontline workers, families intending to have families,
families of young children, pregnant mothers and their family members
INDUSTRY-SUPPORT: Start ups in Maternal & Child Health and nutrition,
organisations working on malnutrition, various NGOs teams, frontline
health care workers