Study of Nutrition Status among Adivasi in Asom
NFI has commissioned a four months research study to the ant, an NGO well known for its expertise on community health to explore the intensity of malnutrition among adivasi children in atleast four districts of Assam. Adivasis represent around 22 % of the population in Assam, yet have no political say and are socially least advantaged. Not being indigenous to the state, Assam does not recognize Adivasis as Schedule tribes. Given the political apathy and feudal structures in tea gardens, Adivasi children and mothers are at the receiving end of the starvation chain. The study of status of nutrition amongst children and mothers will be done through partner NGOs covering 4-6 Anganwadi centers to reach atleast 250 children and 50 mothers per NGO slots online - that will compare the State figures of Malnutrition with populations in general rural areas and specifically in Adivasi tea garden populations. The outcomes would validate our ground for advocating for serious measures for improving nutrition amongst adivasi women and children. The study shall be published and disseminated to all the stakeholders, especially to the Director of Social Welfare, Director of Health Services, UNICEF, State Commission of Protection of Child Welfare, District authorities and NGOs in a half-day seminar in Guwahati.