Dimapur, September 18: Nagaland State Government announced its partnership with Vitamin Angels, an International Not-for-profit Organization, to help address issues of child malnutrition and mortality for children under 5 across the State of Nagaland on September 17 during a consultative meeting at IDSP Hall, DHFW. This partnership was announced by Dr. I Talitemsula Jamir, Mission Director, National Health Mission (NHM), Department of Health and Family Welfare, Nagaland.
NHM and Vitamin Angels had signed an MoU wherein Vitamin Angels would provide the Nagaland Government with technical assistance to strengthen and/or expand public health nutrition interventions targeted towards children under 5, pregnant and lactating women across the State.
This includes increasing availability and strengthening the administration of vitamin A, multiple micronutrient supplements and deworming interventions; strengthening supply chain mechanism of vitaminA and deworming tablets; supporting capacity building of frontline workers in health and nutrition interventions; supporting monitoring of vitaminA and deworming interventions across the state; and strengthening the Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition Programme (MIYCN) and deliver MMS to pregnant women across a few districts.
Sunish Jauhari, President, Vitamin Angels India, said, “Vitamin Angels strives to reach the most underserved and nutritionally vulnerable communities across the globe and in India. We are very grateful to the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Nagaland for allowing us an opportunity to work with them in reaching the millions of children in the far-flung districts of the state. The MoU marks a milestone in our work with the government and we look forward to a strong collaboration in the future for positive impact on ground.”
Dr. I Talitemsula Jamir, MD NHM expressed gratitude and appreciation for the positive work done for the State and for all the support rendered.
Vitamin Angels has been working in India since 2010, with grassroots organizations and State Governments to support the underserved and unreached with critical healthcare and nutrition services. Vitamin Angels started working with civil society organizations in Nagaland since 2011 and with the State Government of Nagaland since 2016, providing age-appropriate, colour coded, high-dose vitamin A capsules for children.
(Page News Service)