Manisha Nair – Child Nutrition in Rajasthan
Manisha Nair (India, DPhil Public Health, 2010-13, Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld Scholar) carried out a project in cooperation with the Indian Department of Health on ‘Educating mothers on adequate infant feeding practices in Rajasthan’.
During August and September 2011, Manisha facilitated the district child nutrition project of the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) to evaluate mothers' knowledge of adequate child feeding practices. She did this by organising village-level group discussion meetings with mothers of children along with the village nurse, the community health worker and the community ICDS workers. Manisha helped to train 46 workers in 10 villages in the Indian state of Rajasthan to use growth charts for monitoring child nutrition.