Project for Tribal Adolescent girl’s health and nutrition in Attappady was formally inaugurated by Dr Velumani, Ayurvedic Doctor from the tribal community on February 15, 2021. The project started with a 7 day training-of-trainers (TOT) program of cluster coordinators.
The project is supported by the CSR health care program of UST. The training program concluded on Friday 21, 2021 with a valedictory function.The function was attended by the CSR Ambassador of UST, Sri Prashant Subrahmanian; who was immensely supportive and helpful in initiating this project.Sri Sunil Balakrishnan, Chief Values Officer, UST who joined the function through online platform, gave the inaugural address.
The CSR head of UST, Smt.Smitha Sharma also joined through online platform. Sri Sasikumar , secretary of Nila Seva Samithai, gave the felicitations.
The adolescent girl’s health and nutrition project has been initiated to bring the improvements in health and nutritional status of tribal adolescent girls of Attappady.One of the reasons of high infant mortality rate in Attappadi is poor health and prevalance of anemia in pregnant mothers.The project is initialy being planned to be implemented in 30 tribal hamlets and is expected to cover around 500 adolescent girls.
The seven day training-of- trainers (TOT) program covered topics on Group formation, organizing group meetings, improving group morale, problem identification, adolescent health and nutrition, menstrual hygiene, sexual and reproductive health, prevention of sexual exploitation, mental health. Sessions on each topic were taken by experts from the respective fields.