New Delhi: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of Health Ehiopia today signed the Delhi Declaration at the Call to Action Summit 2015, a two-day summit on maternal and child health held in New Delhi, India. As a commitment to the Declaration, Tata Trusts, a key partner to the Call to Action Summit 2015, will mobilize resources and take measurable steps to collectively improve the maternal and child healthcare.
At the Summit, Mr. R K Krishna Kumar, Trustee, Tata Trusts said “The Call to Action Summit should be a transformational initiative to effectively deal with infant and child mortality and maternal health, which we call as the Triangular Evil. We welcome this Summit which will not only lead to sharing the best practices amongst countries and organisations but also galvanise highly focused and sustained and measurable action plans to cut down on maternal and child deaths. We believe that this is a formidable challenge and calls for an overarching partnership, a new social contract that attacks the problem at its very roots.”
The Trusts are conscious that India faces a formidable challenge in infant mortality chiefly attributable to malnutrition and poor sanitation. Similarly anaemia which is caused by deficiencies of micronutrients such as iron, folic acid, vitamin C and other essential micro nutrients have prodded the Trusts to work on holistic nutrient programme based on latest available scientific inputs. Development work is in progress for fortification of staples in several regions of the country. The Trusts believe that salt can be an effective, inexpensive and a daily use ingredient and is among the first to introduce double fortified salt in Government programmes. The Trusts are currently partnering with national and international knowledge hubs to have innovative and sustainable technologies in the area of health. Work is currently in progress to infuse micronutrients in other staples like rice, wheat flour, milk and edible oil.
The vision of the Trusts is embedded in the renewed commitment to address the scourge of the Triangular Evil with a sharp focus on the crucial first thousand days between conception and age two of a child. It has translated into several programmes targeting millions of children in terms of improving their health and building resistance to illness and a reduction of mental and physical deformities at birth.
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