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Piramal Swasthya expands its project ‘ASARA’ in hard-to-reach tribal areas of Vishakhapatnam with a tribal nutrition programme

PIRAMAL FOUNDATION
September 20, 2018

To help transform the health parameters of Visakhapatnam, a focus on the tribal belt (which constitutes about 60% of the area) is imperative. Piramal Swasthya has been running the project since 2011 for the betterment of the tribal people. The prevalence of malnutrition and nutritional anaemia among the tribal groups in the remote inaccessible regions of Araku, makes it important to supplement the efforts of the Government.

Knowledge regarding proper nutrition is important when making choices about Healthy Foods. The Piramal Swasthya team organized a Nutrition Stall, awareness sessions, rallies, oath taking for improved nutrition practices within tribal communities at Gosthani Nutrition Hub, during Nava Nirman Bharat event, Nandivalasa. Emphasis on nutrition is an important dimension of the program. A community-based approach to nutrition has been adopted at dedicated ‘Nutrition Hubs’ to educate communities about a healthy and nutritious diet.

The additional thrust on nutrition and the use of locally available, culturally accepted food items and diet gives a push to holistic and indigenous, self-sustainable solutions. Piramal Swasthya’s team believes that their programme will have significant impact on the overall health indicators of Visakhapatnam, which, in turn, will have an impact on the health indicators of Andhra Pradesh.”

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