India has the highest burden of undernutrition in the world, hosting 30% of the world’s stunted children and nearly 50% of severely wasted children under the age of five. Undernutrition contributes to almost half of the country’s underfive mortality, through direct and indirect means. It has a profound impact on health, education and economic productivity. In order to achieve the global SDG targets, India and its high burden states must improve their picture of childhood nutrition.
Professor Dasgupta will talk about his work on a highly interdisciplinary project funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund and Medical Research Council which brings together University College London (UCL), Save the Children India, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Delhi to explore innovative approaches to tackling this challenge in rural India. The project spans health, disease prevention, nutrition, sanitation, energy and education and blends community participatory approaches with working with policy makers.
The talk will be followed by a drinks reception from 3-3.30pm.
The event is co-hosted by the University’s Centre for Future Health and Department of Health Sciences.
About the speaker
Professor Rajib Dasgupta
Rajib Dasgupta is a Professor in the Centre for Social Medicine and Community Health at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India