Patrika Group and Nourishing Schools Foundation co-convened an Independent Dialogue on The Impact of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) On Nutrition

28 September 2021

In the light of the UN Food System Summit that will take place in New York in September and Poshan Maah 2021 (National Nutrition Month 2021), Patrika Group and Nourishing Schools Foundation co-convened an Independent Dialogue on How Children Can Take Charge of Tackling Malnutrition on September 25 2021.

Water and sanitation facilities, as well as good hygiene, can help improve nutritional outcomes. Lack of sanitation can and has affected the health of many in the most drastic manner. In addition, it also has a hand in harming the proper nutrition consumption in the body.

The Independent Dialogue witnessed discussions by experts on the impact of WASH on nutrition and the ways to tackle them. The aim of this dialogue was to bring into conversation the lesser talked issue of how sanitation and hygiene are linked with nutrition. The panel consisted of CEO and Co-Founder of Nourishing Schools Foundation Archana Sinha, Chief Operating Officer of Intelehealth Swapnil Chaturvedi, Former Director of ICMR-National Institute of Nutrition Dr. Sesikeran Boindala, Co-ordinator CMAR, Directorate Local Bodies, Government and Consulting Ayurveda Specialist Cpt. Dr. Amit Sharma

Independent Dialogue Announcement


Insights from the dialogue

It is necessary to raise awareness of the links and opportunities for integration between WASH and nutrition (including health and other relevant sectors) and this should be discussed more often by researchers. Assuring access to safe water and sanitation and good hygiene practices (e.g., handwashing) should thus be a key element in behaviour change for people in response to the nutritional crisis.

The Independent Dialogue is listed on the UN Food Systems Summit website here: