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Research Project Completed 2016

A special nutrition study for Mission Against Malnutrition Project in Bellary district

Agency: JSW (routed through Bhoruka Charitable Trust)

Research Team:Dr Manoj Kumar Gupta, Dr Sreenath Reddy, Dr Biranchi N Jena, Mr Angan Sengupta, Dr Veena R, Ms Sharmila S, Ms Juby A Jose, Mr Mahadev Prasad

IHMR Bangalore has developed a research study as a part of Jindal Steel Works (JSW) Foundation's “Mission against Childhood Malnutrition programme”, in Bellary district, which is a CSR activity for them. JSW is aiming to reduce the burden of malnutrition in the study area by providing Spirulina as supplementary food for 6 months to 6 years children. IIHMR has proposed a research study for the same to find out the effectiveness of Spirulina along with many other research questions. This is an action research in which 4 pronged strategy (Biochemical assessment, Anthropometric examination, Clinical evaluation and Cognitive development assessment) has been adopted for complete assessment of nutritional status of 1000 moderately and severely malnourished children of age group 6months - 6yrs in Bellary district. Biochemical tests are set which has been performed for subset (300 baseline and 300 endline) of those selected malnourished children and are comprised of 8 different types of tests to find out the exact micronutrient deficiency, so that the approach can be modified in the right direction.

Key Words:Malnutrition, CSR, Spirulina, Biochemical, Anthropometry, Clinical, Nutrition, Micronutrient


Development of Nutrition Policy for the State of Karnataka

Agency:  UNICEF, Hyderabad Office, India

Project Team:  Dr. Usha Manjunath

Karnataka State has made impressive strides in some of the human development indicators and further plans to promote social, economic and political empowerment of women, ensure development and protection of children through various policies and programmes in the areas of health, nutrition and child protection. IIHMR, Bangalore is a technical partner for the above projects to UNICEF, Hyderabad office, India. UNICEF and Department of Women and Child Development, GoK are collaboratively developing a plan for Strategic Communication for Children in Karnataka, primarily addressing the issues related to nutrition and health of women, children and child protection.  IIHMR, Bangalore will be the technical partner to UNICEF in assessing the baseline of Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice in the above areas. Community awareness and practice on nutrition, maternal health (ANC & PNC), new born/child care, child protection/rights, child marriages, delaying marriage/first pregnancy and spacing methods will be specifically examined. The research will use mixed methods including quantitative and qualitative methodologies including house hold survey, in-depth interviews and FGDs of key stakeholders. This community based cross sectional study to collect the baseline information as per the identified indicators will be carried out in 20 villages in two districts of Karnataka, namely, Mysore and Koppal.  The research results will establish the baseline to further evaluate the effectiveness and impact of Strategic Behavior Change Communication Intervention Strategies that are proposed to be implemented in the State of Karnataka. Nutrition Policy for the State of Karnataka is proposed to be drafted through desk research, review of existing nutrition policies of other states of India, literature review on various aspects of nutrition, programmes, innovative solutions to address malnutrition and expert consultation in partnership with UNICEF.

Assessment of psychosocial status and quality of life of adolescent girls in rural area of Bellary, Karnataka

Agency:IIHMR Society, Jaipur

Research Team:Dr Manoj Kumar Gupta, Dr Veena R, Ms An-Lies Provost

This is an internal research grant project allocated by IIHMR society, Jaipur. This study is intended to assess the psychosocial status and quality of life of the adolescent girls by using WHO’s modified ‘HEEADSSS’ approach and WHOQOL-BREF tool, respectively. HEEADSSS questionnaire has been modified consideration rural background to make it simple, favourable and appropriate to rural adolescent girls. It includes eight parameters viz. Home, Education and Employment, Eating, Activities, Drugs, Sexuality, Suicide and Depression and Safety. WHOQOL-BREF tool assess the health related quality of life. It took into consideration four domains of quality of life i.e. physical, psychological, environmental and social relationship.

Key Words:Adolescents, Psychosocial Status, HEEADSSS, WHOQOL-BREF, Quality of Life, Sexuality, Safety


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