A sweet solution to tackle malnutrition

The Tata Trusts and global confectionery giant Mars Inc have joined hands to deliver enhanced nutrition through protein-rich food products. The venture, aimed at addressing India’s nutrition deficit, was inaugurated by Stephen Badger, the chairman of Mars, and R Venkataramanan, managing trustee of the Tata Trusts, at a recent event in Pune.

The collaboration brings together two organisations with singular strengths. While Mars’s expertise includes innovation, product development and marketing, the Trusts have substantial knowledge of nutrition in India and an understanding of local communities and their needs.

The Trusts are in the process of implementing a three-pronged approach to address malnutrition in the country: helping the central government strengthen existing systems, working on policy and advocacy for interventions like food fortification, and supporting the manufacture and distribution of affordable nutritious products.

The cancer care centre is slated to become operational in June 2019 and will be equipped with modern technological systems and will offer a range of services, including reconstructive support, palliative care and rehabilitation.

Speaking about the partnership, Mr Badger said: “As a global business, we believe we have a responsibility and the capability to help address some of the critical challenges faced by society by creating commercially viable products that can make a difference. The Tata Trusts’ strong commitment to improving quality of life and nutrition in India made them a natural partner for us.”

Mars will work on the nutrition project through Mars Edge, its division dedicated to human health and wellness.

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Hegde, Sabnani felicitated for ‘Big little Book’ victory

Kannada writer Nagesh Hegde and illustrator Nina Sabnani, winners of the Big little Book Award 2018 for their contribution to children’s literature in India, were felicitated recently for bagging the honour.

Instituted under the Parag initiative of the Tata Trusts, the awards aim to highlight the importance of reading and good quality children’s literature. It also seeks to foster an environment where publishers invest in the promotion of original, thought-provoking content for children in various regional Indian languages.

“I am happy and surprised that the Big Little Book Award recognises my work,” said Mr Hegde on the honour. “I am happily surprised, humbled and grateful for this recognition. I thank the jury for investing their trust in me,” said Ms Sabnani.

Commenting about the awards, Swaha Sahoo, who heads Parag, said: “Having access to books in the mother tongue or home language is important. Studies have shown the gains that can be achieved when children learn in languages they speak and understand.”

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IHF supports four innovators

The Indian Health Fund (IHF) has selected four innovators as part of its goal to support national efforts to effectively tackle tuberculosis and malaria. Of the winners, three are related to tuberculosis and one to malaria.

The selected innovators are Tuberculosis Monitoring Encouragement Adherence Drive, Valetude Primus Healthcare, Centre for Health Research and Innovation, and Hemex Health.

The IHF’s aim with these selections is to utilise technology to improve early detection and prompt treatment. IHF was launched in 2016 by the Tata Trusts in collaboration with the Global Fund. The Indian government has set a target of eliminating tuberculosis by 2025 and malaria by 2030.

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Tata Hall for the Sciences inaugurated at UC San Diego

The Tata Hall for the Sciences, a cutting-edge campus research centre, was inaugurated on November 17, 2018, at the University of California San Diego (UC San Diego). The Tata Hall is named in recognition of the collaboration between UC San Diego and the Tata Trusts to create the Tata Institute for Genetics and Society (TIGS).

The partnership between the university and the Trusts was established to pursue the goal of research, training and capacity building to improve human health, agriculture and the environment in India. TIGS is advancing new technologies that will address the daunting challenges of hunger, poverty, malnutrition and health-related issues facing India.

Through TIGS, the Trusts and UC San Diego will promote bioscience research and discoveries through socially conscious means. One of the initiative’s initial efforts is the application of ‘active genetics’, a new field pioneered at UC San Diego, to develop strains of mosquitoes that are unable to propagate malarial parasites.

Fellowship for social entrepreneurs announced

The Tata Trusts and Social Alpha have announced the launch of their flagship initiative, ‘the Social Alpha entrepreneurs for impact programme’ (E4i), a 12-month fellowship that equips ‘entrepreneurs-in-the-making’ to make the most of India’s science, innovation and entrepreneurship environment.

The first cohort of the E4i programme will focus on finding solutions across high-priority areas such as water, sanitation, health, agriculture, energy and environment.

Social Alpha will support the E4i finalists through its network of experts from the public and private sector..

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Tie-up provides Spanish fillip for Indian football
Atlético de Madrid administrators with officials from the Tata Football Academy and the Tata Trusts at the announcement of the partnership in November in Delhi

The Tata Football Academy (TFA) and the Tata Trusts have inked a partnership with Spanish La Liga giants Atlético de Madrid to promote Indian football. The collaboration aims to encourage football as a sport as well as support the Indian national football team with a pipeline of talent.

TFA will be renamed as Tata Atlético Football Academia under the partnership and will receive training and knowledge support. Technical experts from Atlético will visit TFA to provide guidance on best practices in physiotherapy, strength and conditioning, nutrition, video analysis, etc.

The collaboration includes a residential programme in Madrid — at the Atlético academy — for talented Indian players in the 12-14 age group. Twenty candidates will go to Spain in batches in three years. The programme will initially be for a period of three years. A team from Atlético has selected 10 boys thus far for the training programme.

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