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Stunting in tribal children, like that of all other children, is influenced by a multitude of factors including household food insecurity, maternal nutrition, poor feeding and care practices in the first two years of life and poor access to water, health and sanitation services.
In order to start a discourse around what actions need to be taken to accelerate reduction of stunting in tribal children, SC/ST Research and Training Institute Odisha, in collaboration with Departments of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe, Women and Child Development and Health and Family Welfare in Odisha as well as UNICEF Odisha and Ministry of Tribal Affairs is organizing a two-day conclave titled ‘Nourishing India’s tribal children: voices of frontliners, good practices and policy implications’ on 15-16 January 2015 in Mayfair Convention, Bhubaneswar.
The central focus of this conclave is to share “what works and how,” inviting voices of frontliners, practitioners and government officials in eight states (Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha and Rajasthan). It emphasizes how various government departments in these states can coordinate, contribute and collaborate for reducing stunting in India’s tribal children.