Thinking Laterally: Scaling nutrition and health interventions for better learning

Event Details
  • November 27th, Wednesday, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  • Ballroom 3
Srujith Lingala

Srujith Lingala

Technology and Entrepreneurship Manager Sight and Life

Session Description

Good health and nutrition improves the mental and cognitive potential of students. The education-nutrition nexus is significant for India, as illustrated by Integrated Child Development Services and Mid-Day Meal Scheme. Acknowledging the cross-sector approach needed to address its goal of improving educational outcomes, the draft National Education Policy proposes to expand its midday meal scheme to incorporate nutritious breakfast for school children.

However, the current trend of reduced government spending coupled with inadequate CSR investments are insufficient to plug the $6bn deficit to deliver nutrition-specific interventions at scale. A shared opportunity, therefore, exists to alter this trajectory of underinvestment as it deciphers the challenges and financial commitments required for investments in nutrition and health.

Key Takeaways:

  • What are some examples of nutrition converging with education interventions for measurable and sustainable outcomes?
  • Where are the opportunities for policy to fortify the convergence of nutrition interventions for better education outcomes? How can public-private partnerships be supported to achieve this dual impact?
  • Certain areas of nutrition remain significantly under-resourced. How can philanthropic and CSR resources be mobilised differently for better outcomes in these areas?


  • Ruchika Sachdeva

    Ruchika Sachdeva

    Deputy Director (MNCHN) Path

  • Puja Marwaha

    Puja Marwaha

    Chief Executive Child Rights and You

  • Ajay Khera, M.D.

    Ajay Khera, M.D.

    Commissioner (MCH) and Public Health Specialist, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India

  • Arjan de Wagt

    Arjan de Wagt

    Chief Nutrition Unicef India

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