Hyderabad based The National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) in collaboration with several research organizations, is all set to introduce a unique and unprecedented national level mapping of Nutrition and health status across the country.
According to Dr Hemalatha, director of NIN, the major goal of this initiative to conduct a national level mapping of nutrition of the mass is to establish a real-time health and nutrition data collection and monitoring system in India.
The director of The National Institute of Nutrition further added that the initiative will also help assess region-specific practices of food behavior in terms of frequency and diversity and current prevalent practices of food behavior. It is also learned that this initiative would help in the development of a mobile-based device for nutrition researchers at the district level across the country.
Adding more Dr. Hemlatha cited, “In collaboration with lead research institutes like Indian Council of Medical Sciences and Nutrition Society of India, NIN has embarked on a collection of real-time nutrition and health data of the people in the country. This will be done region-wise simultaneously across various districts in the country. Once this is established it can be used as a platform to collect the data periodically,”.
It is also learned that the innovative move of ICMR-NIN collaboration will also help in developing food bases strategies through inter-ministerial convergences to promote national programs for ensuring food and nutrition security.
The other most significant aspect of this program is that it includes data generation through crowdsourcing using NIN web-portal as a platform. It is also learned that this platform will be useful in the present scenario of the COVID-19 pandemic to determine healthcare policy decisions by the government. The real-time data is expected to be collected through well-designed pro forma in seven languages and analysis using Indian food composition data, informed the NIN director.