Nutrition gets a collaborative boost

The Tata Trusts have entered into a three-year collaboration with Asian Paints to boost the nutrition status of women and children across 30 villages in the Krishna and Visakhapatnam districts of Andhra Pradesh. The programme is part of the ‘YES to POSHAN’ initiative of the Trusts.

To be implemented by the Vijayavahini Charitable Foundation, an associate organisation of the Trusts, the initiative will focus on capacity building of anganwadi (childcare centre) and other frontline workers to enable them to identify children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and ensure timely nutrition interventions that can help them.

Home visits, community engagement and communication campaigns are important components of this collaboration, which will also include the promotion of diet diversity among women and children and backyard fruit and vegetable cultivation.

Among the other objectives of the programme are mobilising communities to access and utilise government nutrition schemes and driving home messages about the importance of child nutrition.

“We aim to make a difference in the lives of the communities by combatting malnutrition and promoting healthy living,” said Andrew Williams, associate general manager, Asian Paints.

Screening success

The partnership between Pfizer and the Tata Trusts, operational since 2020, has resulted in the enrolment and screening of about 70,000 people for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and cancer in Assam, Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh.

Said S Sridhar, managing director of Pfizer: “We are proud of the outcomes we have achieved through this partnership and look forward to expanding this programme within Assam, to other cities in the Northeast and to the rest of India.”

Cancer care help in Chandrapur

The Tata Trusts have started an initiative to deliver day-care chemotherapy and related services to cancer patients in Chandrapur in Maharashtra. Launched on World Cancer Day, the initiative is operating at the Government Medical College (GMC) in Chandrapur.

The chemotherapy services are provided free of cost and administered by a team from the Chandrapur Cancer Care Foundation, a special-purpose vehicle set up by the Maharashtra government, the Tata Trusts, the Directorate of Medical Education and Research and the District Mineral Foundation to make affordable, quality care available to cancer patients closer to their homes.

“The availability of free chemotherapy services at GMC, Chandrapur, will not only reduce the financial burden of patients and their families but also their stress and anxiety,” said Vidyut Varkhedkar, additional district collector, Chandrapur.

‘Green’ tie-up takes sustainable shape

Social Alpha, the startup incubator supported by the Tata Trusts, has joined hands with ‘the echo network’ to catalyse India’s green transformation through the development of sustainable solutions in ‘one health’ (where human, animal and environmental health are considered equal), regenerative agriculture and ecosystem valuation.

The partnership will provide Social Alpha with access to sustainability experts across the world who can work with the startups it has fostered. The echo network, for its part, will be able to tap into Social Alpha’s innovation ecosystem to collaborate and co-create solutions in its designated verticals of work.

The echo network, a 1,000-member community that spans 22 countries, enables organisations and individuals to interact with one another and generate a shared purpose through collaborative, science-based activities and research.

Said Manoj Kumar, the chief executive of Social Alpha: “Joining the echo network helps Social Alpha further strengthen its charter to promote innovations for social and environmental impact by converging the interests and priorities of researchers, entrepreneurs and communities.”

“The echo network is a unique concept to change how science is embedded in society both in India and, we hope, the world. We have established a fine-meshed network that allows the sharing of knowledge and purpose,” said the network’s global director Shannon Olsson.

Parag honours list announced

The Tata Trusts’ Parag Initiative has announced its annual honours list for 2022. This third edition of the list features a wide range of original writings in Hindi and English, with categories such as picture books, chapter books and young adult literature.

The 2022 selection has been made from books entered by 23 Indian publishers. There were more than 200 entries for the honours list, and 38 books in English and nine in Hindi have made the cut.

The jury for the English-language category comprised Anita Balasubramanian, co-founder of the Learning Network; writer Jeeva Raghunath and author and illustrator Manjiri Nimbkar.

The books in Hindi were shortlisted by poet and essayist Arun Kamal; Gurbachan Singh, executive editor of Azim Premji University’s Paathshaala Bhitar Aur Bahar; and Prachi Kalra, an associate professor at Gargi College, Delhi University.

Artisans find a foothold  

The Tata Trusts-supported Social Alpha, and Be An Angel Network have announced a seed investment of $180,000 in Desi Hangover, a direct-to-consumer footwear brand that has financially empowered traditional shoemakers in Kolhapur in Maharashtra.

Desi Hangover showcases Indian craftsmanship to domestic and international audiences while blending traditional styles with new-age footwear design. Women comprise 50% of the workforce at the company.