International Conference on

Humanizing Work and Work Environment 2015

13th Indian Society of Ergonomics Annual Convention


International Symposium on

Community Nutrition And Health :
A Social Responsibility

9th Annual Event of the Nutrition Society of India Mumbai Chapter

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CNH2015 Invited Speakers

Bruno Kistner
Commercial Director Asia
Glanbia Nutritionals Pte Ltd., Singapore

Business diploma, 3 years in England working for an import/export company in London.
1981 - 2003 with Roche Vitamins, Switzerland
•  Head of Logistic
•  Product Manager Carotenoids
•  Market Manager Middle East Markets
•  Head of Human Business Marketing India, Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa
•  Global Key Account Manager Nestlé
•  Head Human Business Marketing Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa
2003 - 2012 DSM Nutritional Products, Switzerland
•  Founder and Director of the Nutrition Improvement Program, a CSR initiative of DSM to fight global malnutrition. Part of the management team of the public private partnership team with the World Food Program WFP. Founding member of the Amsterdam Initiative against Malnutrition AIM
•  2009 to 2010 member of the Board of Directors Wuxi NutriRice Ltd., China.
In September 2010 the Nutrition Improvement Program received the World Business for Development Award for innovation in nutrition at the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York.
2013 - today Glanbia Nutritionals Pte Ltd., Singapore
•  Commercial Director Asia


Dr. B. Sesikeran, M.D. FAMS
Former Director
National Institute of Nutrition
Indian Council of Medical Research,Hyderabad

The nutritional status of population in India The nutritional status of a population is an important health indicator. Whether the status is one of under nutrition or excessive intake of energy, both lead to far reaching health consequences. Assessing the food consumption patterns and estimating the nutrient intakes and comparing these with the recommended daily intakes / RDI or RDA is an essential and periodic exercise of the national nutrition monitoring bureau (NNMB) of ICMR. Time trends have shown the direction in which the nutrition status has been shifting with supportive evidence from the incidence and prevalence of nutrition associated disorders like Non communicable diseases(NCD’s). Strategies to combat malnutrition and micronutrient inadequacies are based on such data. There has been a steady decline in infant mortality, maternal mortality, under five malnutrition, stunting, wasting, micronutrient deficiencies etc. due to the govt. programs and interventions like fortification, mid day meals, ICDS etc. However there is still a large population of children, pregnant mothers, lactating mothers and elderly who are yet to improve.
With progressive decrease in physical activity and changing lifestyles in rural and urban India, over weight, Obesity, type2 Diabetes, Hypertension, Cardio vascular disease and several such problems have shown a rapid upward trend. Together with under nutrition these have constituted the "Double Burden". New data indicate that the population with NCDs are mostly the same population who were once undernourished. The origins of these diseases seems to be right from the embryonic and fetal stages. Interventions should now be directed towards preventing the fetal origins and preventing the generation-to-generation propagation of nutrition related disorders. Even when energy deficiency and protein deficiency were showing a downward trend micronutrient deficiencies persisted. The prevalence of iron, vitamin A, folic acid deficiency are as high as 70% in the population. Recent data from all sources have highlighted the rising prevalence of vitamin B12 and Vitamin D deficiencies. Micronutrient deficiencies are seen across all socioeconomic groups. Immediate solution is to fortify food and promote diversified food intakes for better nutrition in the long term.
Lifestyle diseases are now contributing to almost 60% of all cause mortality. WHO has recommended reduction in saturated fat, free sugars and salt and a total elimination of trans fat. Physical activity is now an integral part of nutritional rehabilitation and increasing the levels of activity has to be always combined with nutrition interventions in combating NCD’s. Dr. B. Sesikeran Dr. Sesikeran has received his M.B.B.S degree from Stanley Medical College, Madras University; M.D. Pathology from Gandhi Medical College, Osmania University and workd for 35 years at NIN at different position and finally retired as the Director of the Institute on 2012. Currently he is working as the Visiting Faculty Hyderabad Central University, Chairman Review Committee for Genetic Manipulation – Govt of India, Chairman Scientific Panel on Labeling – Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, Member Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee, Chairman IUNS national committee at the INSA, Vice president, Nutrition Society of India, Vice President- Microbiota and Probiotic Science foundation of India and Vice President- Probiotic Association of India.
Dr. Sesikerna’s research thrust area is ‘Diet and Cancer, Nutrition and Cell Death’. He has 105 publications including chapters in 5 books.
He is recipient of long list of Awards and honours. Some of them like Santhinath Ghosh memorial oration; C Ramachandran Memorial Oration , Nutrition Foundation of India, Dr.Rajammal Devadas Oration Award, Dr.Florence Theophilus Endowment Lecture, Dr.S.G.Srikantia Memorial Lecture, Nutrition Society of India, Sir Neelratan Sircar Memorial Oration, Dr.P.Narasimha Rao International Award etc can be listed here.


Dr. Prema Ramachandran
Nutrition Foundation of India , New Delhi
Former Adviser (Health, Nutrition & Family welfare), Planning Commission, New Delhi

Assessment of Nutritional status in dual nutrition and health burden era During the last seven decades India has been undergoing socio economic, demographic, nutrition, life style and health transition. In the last two decades the pace of these inter related transitions has accelerated. Children, adolescents adults and the elderly are all affected by these ongoing transitions.
Sixty five years ago India was not self sufficient in food production. Poverty and low purchasing power led to low dietary intake. Majority of Indians were under nourished and suffered from micronutrient deficiencies and their health consequences. During this period , dietary intake using weighment method and 24 hour dietary call were used to compute the nutrient intake and assess the gap between nutrient requirement and intake. Anthropometric indices mainly weight and height were used to assess nutritional status of the individuals and assess prevalence of undernutrition . In situations where weight measurements were not feasible, mid upper arm circumference was used ( especially in children) to screen for wasting.
India became self sufficient in food production in seventies . Over years there have been improvement in percapita income, reduction in poverty ratios, improvement in dietary intake and reduction in undernutrition . In the last two decades there have been a steep decline in physical activity because of increasing mechanisation of the transport, occupational and household domains. The reduced physical activity and unchanged dietary intake has resulted in slow but steady increase in overnutrition rates and progressive rise in non communicable diseases.
Currently India is facing the dual nutrition and health burden. While undernutrition and associated infections and maternal and child health problems persist, overnutrition and non communicable diseases are also seen in all segments of population in all age groups .In the dual nutrition burden era the parameters which were used for assessment of undernutrition ie dietary intake and anthropometric indices continue to be relevant. In addition there is a need to assess physical activity levels. Indians are shorter than their Caucasian counterparts. Taking the variations in height between population groups Body mass index ( wt/ht2) has always been used for assessing nutritional status of adults. However in children the standards for assessing BMI for age were not available till 2006-07. Therefore the short Indian child whose weight was appropriate for height and age was misclassified as underweight . With the availability of the BMI for age charts for 0-18 years it has become possible to take into account the current height and age (BMI for age) and correctly identify both under and overnourished children.
For any given BMI Indians have more body fat as compared to Caucasians and are more prone for abdominal adiposity. These render Indians more prone for cardiovascular diseases at a lower BMI and at a younger age. It is essential that circumferential measurements ( mid upper arm, waist and hip circumference measurements) are taken for early identification of abdominal adiposity . Assessment of body fat is also desirable especially in persons with high BMI . Fat fold thickness measurement do provide good estimate of subcutaneous fat, but accurate measurement of fat fold thickness requires a lot of skill . In recent years Bioelectrical impedance analysis has been increasingly used for body fat assessment and its distribution.
Early detection and correction of both under and over nutrition hold the key to future improvement in nutrition and health status of Indian citizens. It is essential that dietary intake , physical activity pattern, assessment of BMI (for correct identification of both under and overnourished persons) and where ever possible body fat and its distribution are measured and used for assessment of nutritional status.


Piyasree Mukherjee
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Foundation for Mother & Child Health

Piya holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences. For the past 13 years, she has worked across the country within the development space, w orking with reputed institutions. In the past 5 years that Piya has been with FMCH, she has been working closely with a multi-disciplinary team, addressing the issue of nutrition for vulnerable communities primarily in Mumbai. Piya is the spearhead for FMCH India, responsible for successful functioning of the organization.


Dr. Harshad P. Thakur
School of Health Systems Studies
Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)

Communicable Diseases in Public Health Communicable or infectious diseases are major threat to the public health all over the world including India. A communicable disease is an illness due to a specific infectious (biological) agent or its toxic products capable of being directly or indirectly transmitted from man to man, from animal to man, from animal to animal, or from the environment (through air, water, food, etc..) to man. These agents can be bacteria, viruses, parasites, etc.
The most common infectious diseases in India are respiratory diseases (Tuberculosis, Influenza, common cold, etc.), diarrheal diseases (like Cholera, typhoid, rotavirus, etc.), sexually transmitted diseases (like AIDS, Syphilis, etc.), vector borne diseases (like malaria, filariasis, etc.).
It is very important to understand changes of the pattern of infectious diseases in the community to eliminate and control the factors affecting the contamination and spreading process. Also there is possibility that some chronic diseases have an infective origin. There are certain unique features of these Communicable diseases, e.g., a case may also be a source and some people may be immune. Preventive measures needs to be planned scientifically on urgent basis.
Communicable diseases often have a chain of infection. The starting point for the occurrence of a communicable disease is the existence of a reservoir or source of infection. Then there are various modes of transmissions like direct (droplet, skin contact, STDs, etc. and indirect (air, water, food, vectors, etc.). An infectious agent seeks a susceptible host who is not immune. Once we know this chain for a particular communicable disease, we can identify weak link and then break so that further transmission of the disease can be prevented, controlled, eliminated or eradicated. We have so far been able to eradicate only Smallpox from the entire world. Poliomyelitis, Guinea worm infestations are few diseases which are on the verge of eradication.
Food and nutrition also plays very important role in the entire chain of transmission of the communicable diseases. Food and water borne infections are the major problem in both rural and urban (especially slums) India. Malnutrition (either under or over nutrition) reduces the immunity and makes human being susceptible to these diseases. Bad habits related to food and sanitation (e.g., eating junk food, not covering the prepared food, not washing hands before eating food, etc.) are the main cause of various communicable diseases. There is a need to provide proper information, education and communication (IEC) to common man, policy makers, and implementers to reduce the burden of infectious diseases.
There are newer challenges coming along with unfinished agenda of eradicating several communicable diseases. Drug resistance tuberculosis is a major threat to Indian population today. Very few new drugs and vaccines are being discovered which are effective and efficient against these resistant type of tuberculosis.. Developing countries like India are still focusing on secondary prevention (early diagnosis and treatment) and tertiary prevention (disability limitation and rehabilitation) rather than primary prevention (health promotion and specific protection) and primordial prevention. If India is able to eliminate poverty through overall socio-economic development, improve the sanitary condition then prevention of various communicable diseases can be under control.
Dr. Harshad P. Thakur •  Completed MBBS and MD (Preventive and Social Medicine - PSM) from Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai. Also worked in PSM Dept. at KEM hospital for 7 years.
•  Currently working with School of Health Systems Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) since last 15 years. Courses teaching like Basic and Advanced Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Epidemiology of Communicable diseases, Introduction to Public Health, Principles of Health Services Management, and Health Planning to TISS students.
•  Chairperson, Centre for Health Policy, Planning & Management (CHPPM), since July 2008 till June 2010 and Chairperson, Centre for Public Health (CPH), since June 2010 till March 2015
•  Started MPH(Master of Public Health) with specialization in Social Epidemiology since June 2008 at TISS.
•  Guiding research projects of PhD, M.Phil, MPH, MHA and DHA students at TISS.
•  Organised and conducted various national / international workshops / seminars, e.g., workshop on Public Private Participation (PPP) for TB Control in India, Kala Azar etc.
•  Organised and conducted various national / international Training programmes, e.g., National Training Programme in Advanced Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Hospital Management Training Programmes, etc.
•  Involved in SAATHI (Social Advancement Through Health Initiative) as founding member and Managing Committee member. Founded and Coordinating Tuberculosis Interest Group (TBIG) at TISS to promote research and training related to TB among TISS faculty and students.
•  Worked on various important national / international research projects
•  Has number of publications in national / international reputed health related journals and chapters in books including editing of a book on Kala Azar.


Padmanabhan. V. Nair
Creative Director
Digitas Health
Publicis Lifebrands

Mr. Padmanabhan. V. Nair is a qualified Engineer in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the College of Engineering Trivandrum.
He is currently the Creative Director at Digitas Health, Publicis Lifebrands. Digitas Health LifeBrands is a creative agency purpose-built to connect health and wellness brands with peoples’ desire to make healthy, confident choices for themselves and for their loved ones. It is the largest healthcare communications network in the world.
His career in Advertising started as a Copywriter with Adinfix Advertising, Domlur in 2000 and he has then worked with a number of Agencies such as The Creative Group (TCG), Sirius Communications, MAA BOZELL, McCann Healthcare, McCann World Group and with Sudler & Hennesey before joining his present post.
He started working on brands like Widex Hearing Clinic and gained much experience working on brands such as Bhima Jewellers, Taj Group, Leela Palace and TNT. The brands he made include NEXT, Shriram Properties, Vakil Housing, St. Mark’s Hotel, Leela Galleria. He has added value to brands like Infosys, Yahoo!, Google, and Times of India. The corporates he nourished includes Johnson & Johnson, Glaxo Smithkline and Abbott.
He is the recipient of many awards- the significant among them are:
Cannes Finalist- 2013
Clio Silver- 2013
RX Gold, 2008 (
Multiple RX Certificates of Excellence, 2008, 2009, 2010
Globals Finalists, 2008
2009 Globals Certificate of Excellence


Dr. Suprabha Agarwal
Rajmata Jijau Mother Child Health and Nutrition Mission
Women & Child Development Department

Director of the Rajmata Jijau Mother Child Health and Nutrition Mission, Women & Child Development Department, believes that Violent Revolution brings in its wake great social upheaval. “Slow and Silent” incremental Revolution is far more enduring.
She is a Gold Medalist in Life Sciences from Bombay University, and has completed her Post Graduation in Human Resource Management from Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, While working with the International Conservation Organization , WWF –India, She topped the list of women candidates in the Maharashtra Public Services Competitive examination. 12th in the overall State ranking.
For over a decade she remained the only direct woman recruit in the Maharashtra Development Services., For over 22 years working tirelessly with missionary zeal in the rural and tribal areas of Maharashtra, has rendered yeomen service in the fields of Health, Rural Livelihoods, Infrastructure Development, Maternal & Child Care, Women’s Empowerment, Rural Water Supply and Sanitation, Cultural Development.
Working in Government system with its rigid rules and regulations, but with great pragmatism and determination designed and implemented several innovative projects. Like using low cost construction techniques to develop basic infrastructure; provided employment opportunities to tribal youths through Warli Greeting Card Project; developing Spring Wells as safe and regular drinking water sources to the tribals; the Konkan Integrated Development Project; the Knowledge & Research Project in collaboration with CARE – UK and CARE – Nepal; Designed the Capacity Building Strategy for Jalswarajya the World Bank Project; Developed and implemented a comprehensive training programme for ICDS functionaries under UDISHA – the World Bank Project; Collaborated and helped TISS & UNICEF develop an early education model for Anganwadis; Developed a Model for identification and establishment of learning organizations; Established systems for promoting human resource development focusing on gender and social equity; rejuvenated the PLD Academy with regular cultural programmes and successfully organized and implemented Maharashtra Yuva Rang Mahotsav - November 2011 and Mast Mejwani – Khadya Mahotsav - February 2012.
She has also published a Coffee table book on Chatrapati Shivaji Maharajanchi Durmil Patre and updated Marathi and English editions of the Handbook of Maharashtra Archives. She has received Certificates of Excellence and Kisan Vikas Patras for her work in the Field of Family Planning and Biogas installation.
In 1993, she has completed Govt of Maharashtra sponsored prestigious Planning and Management of Rural Development (PAMORD) course, a collaborative programme of NIRD, Hyderabad and Development Administration Group, University of Birmingham, U.K supported by the Govt of India and the British Council. In 2000, she got Govt of India sponsored training at the University of Mahidol, Thailand and the University of Wollongong, Australia under UDISHA the World Bank Assisted ICDS training programme.
She was also on deputation as the Maharashtra State Representative of CARE–INDIA an International NGO.


V. Prakash, Ph.D, FRSC
Distinguished Scientist of CSIR-INDIA
Hon. Director of Research, Innovation and Development and Management, JSS-MVP, Mysore, India
Hon. Vice President, International Union of Nutritional Sciences

Sustainable Food and Nutrition Security in the Context of Affordability, Accessibility, Availability and Acceptability (4A’s) of Food across Population Spectrum The Agricultural bowl of India is one that of self-containment of different commodities such as staples, fruits and vegetables, dairy, meat, poultry and fisheries, spices and many other minor Food commodities. This is a good news!
One hears this, every year we hear except in cases of drought, floods or disasters which will upset that local area but generally managed very well across the country because we have an excess of Food Production and weather prediction satellites. Perhaps we have so much in excess of Food that sometimes the Food Losses and Wastes attracts my attention from time to time. In this context it is important to realise there are certain pockets of population who still have only one meal in three days resulting in stunted children, malnutritive children, SAM children in large numbers, maternal Malnutrition, NCDs not as a result of obesity only but due to several malnutrition problems and complications. Therefore when the Global Scenario of malnutrition is signed in any Symposium, India tends to stand number one compared to all countries unfortunately. This is not a good news?
We have a large number of Nutritionists, Food Technologists in the country contributing to excess of Food Production, Productivity, many health reforming programmes, Anganwadis, noon-meal programmes and the large number of Seminars both National and International, sometimes for almost a week to address the problems, NGOs role in malnutrition reduction programmes, philanthropists contributing to the funds and the end result we are still number one in malnutrition and below five years mortality in the world ! How do we address this ? Why are we in this state of affairs ? What is the solution from a platform like this in Mumbai which addresses Community Nutrition and Health as a social responsibility and Strategic Planning?
The world is buzzed with words such as CSR which is Corporate Social Responsibility but in the heart my definition of CSR is Concerned Societal Responsibility. The double burden of malnutrition, the problem of reach out of adequate protein and energy to children has become a revisit of history ?! This is not acceptable at any cost. Therefore this Seminar is timely and we need to discuss in depth how the Sustainable Food and Nutrition Security are linked together (Government has amalgamated a big scheme for grain distribution to people below BPL) and how this works with the affordability index and the accessibility systems in minimising this alarming situation in India is to be seen. If we could eliminate Polio and Small Pox is it not impossible to eliminate this malnutrition problem provided we have a strategy to address it clearly. The excess Food that we have must reach the needy in time. There are too many projects, reports, documents but very few are implemented to ground reality with sustainable programmes at the village level. Also one should not expect any miracles overnight in the area of Nutrition programmes. Sometimes it is a long drawn sustainable programme and it takes may be 10 to 15 years to see the effect, but the wrong effect is always instantaneously seen like the death of one out of four children before it reaches five years of age is no small matter at all and the world sees it swiftly. Of course with 1.3 billion population and poverty looming around and farmer suffering with his produce not getting a good price, the problem is too complex. But we need to find solution however complex it is. That is the challenge. An engineer must be as much involved as doctor, for scaling up of Nutrition if we want to make a difference.
These points will be deliberated in the talk not that solutions would emerge from the talk but I think we should synthesise together a strategy putting all our efforts of Nutrition, Economics, Food Science and Social Fabric knowledge along with people on the ground to make it happen the fastest way possible and that can be an excellent commitment from this Seminar. If not this is one more Seminar that happens in India or elsewhere, raising funds, having dinners, wasted buffet lunches, paying for travel for airlines economy, hotel and guest houses expenses, exchange of pleasantries and there goes the below five years age child which dies and above five years of age continues to be more stunted and more malnutritive than before the Seminar! There is an urgent need and we must address it as we attend this Seminar and give a deep thought. Can we commit together in this Seminar which can make a difference?
I look forward with optimism : “If Child and Maternal Malnutrition matters to us, we shall matter more to it by working towards eradicating it and not just minimizing it only”! V. Prakash, Ph.D, FRSC Padmashree, Bhatnagar and Rajyothsava Awardee and Life Time Achievement Awardee of Iufost

Hon. Advisory Member, International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST)
Executive Editor of Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, Wiley, UK
Hon. Chairman of Advisory Board of NuFFooDS Magazine, India
Chair, Scientific Panel on Nutraceuticals at FSSAI, GOI, New Delhi

Executive Council Member of Global Harmonization Initiative
Visiting Professor of IUFoST at Saigon Technology University, HCMC, Vietnam
Former Director, CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore, India Former Coordinator, United Nations University at CFTRI, Mysore, India
Past President, Nutrition Society of India

Dr. V. Prakash is currently working as Distinguished Scientist of CSIR-India in the prime area of Food Science & Technology, Nutrition Security, Nutritionals, Food Safety with a focus on Policy matters and Nutritional Intervention for the masses especially from a non-governmental organisation where he is Honorary Director of Research, Innovation and Development at JSS Group of Institutions at Mysore, India.
Dr. Prakash is currently the Vice President of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences. His doctoral and two post doctoral careers in US has earned him a position in 1981 at the leading Food Research Institute in India CFTRI and became its Director in 1994. The tenure which he held till 2011 when he retired. His Bachelors, Masters and Doctor degrees are from University of Mysore, Mysore, India in the early 70s pertains to the area of Chemistry of Proteins and Enzymes with a focus on better utilisation of Seed Proteins.
Dr. Prakash has more than 200 original research papers to his credit in highly rated Journals of International Standard and more than 653 presentations in National and International seminars as keynote, inaugural, Chief Guest in convocations, Chairman and in other capacities such as Guest of Honour and Invited Speaker in many occasions. He is also the author of eleven books and has contributed 50 review chapters in various books and journals and has more than 49 patents to his credit. His students numbering more than 50 Ph.D and Masters together continue to contribute to Science globally in both Academia and Industries.
He is a Fellow and Council Member of most of the academies in India. He is the Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Fellow of the International Food Technology Institute and currently holds a large number of awards which have decorated him to name top few of the prestigious ones; Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award, Karnataka Rajyotsava award, FICCI award and to top it all the prestigious award of India, Padmashri award decorated by the honourable President of India in recognition of his outstanding service to the nation in the field of Biological Science. During 2014 he is decorated with Life Time Achievement Award of IUFoST at Montreal Congress of IUFoST.


Dr. Shariqua Yunus
Programme Officer for Health and Nutrition
World Food Programme

Dr. Shariqua Yunus graduated in medicine from the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh in 2001. She is a gold medalist in Community Medicine and subsequently did her post graduation in Community Medicine from the same college in 2005. She holds a diploma in Public Health Nutrition from the Public Health Foundation of India and has also been trained on the management of nutrition in emergencies by the University College of London and Asian DisasterPreparedness Centre.
She has worked on the ASHA project under the National Rural Health Mission with the training division, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. She has also worked as the focal point for Nutrition at the World Health Organization, Country Office for India. Currently, she is working as the Programme Officer for Health and Nutrition at the World Food Programme.
She has to her credit several research papers in various national and international journals.
Her main areas of interest are maternal and child health, infant and young child feeding and links between disease and nutrition.


Saba Mebrahtu
Chief of Child Development and Nutrition Section
UNICEF India Country Office
UNICEF House, New Delhi

Over the last 24 years, Saba has led the design, management, coordination, research, monitoring and evaluation of large programs in over 25 countries, that achieved significant results for women and children, built capacities of communities, governments, civil society organization, training and research institutes, the private sector, media and international agencies. She specializes on evidence- and results-based multi-sector nutrition policy and planning, coordination, programming and implementation, research and evaluation.
Saba is currently UNICEF India’s Chief of Child Development and Nutrition Section, coordinating programs that deliver development outcomes for children and women in the most vulnerable part of the country. She has led the design and implementation of innovative community interventions in some 13 priority states, as well as the design of both qualitative and large scale quantitative nutrition studies to document these programs and to evaluate their impact, respectively. Saba successfully fostered partnership with independent research institutes, and key partners from the public sector – Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of Women and Child Development, as well as the private sector - Ikea Foundation, TATA Trust, and Mittal Foundation, in support of UNICEF supported nutrition programmes, with the ultimate aim to prevent stunting, and to prevent and treat severe acute malnutrition in children. Saba also led the advocacy and policy efforts in India, which resulted in raising the nutrition profile high in the national development agenda especially for the most disadvantaged population groups – such as scheduled tribes or adivasis. During her previous work assignment with UNICEF in Nepal, she led a strong advocacy and policy effort; as a result, the National Planning Commission, involving five key Ministries, developed a costed Multi-sector Nutrition Plan (2013-2017), for accelerated reduction of maternal and child under-nutrition. Building on this progress, she successfully advanced negotiations on a new funding agreement, with Euros 25 million (US$ 27,900,000), between UNICEF and the European Union (2015-2018) to support its implementation in the most disadvantaged districts.


Dr. H. B. Chandalia
Director, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Jaslok Hospital & Research Centre
Director, Diabetes Endocrine Nutrition Management and Research Centre, Mumbai (DENMARC)

Faculty Positions •  Post doctoral fellow (1967), Instructor in Medicine (1968-69), Asst. Professor, Department of Endocrinology & Metabolism (1970), University of Alabama Medical Centre, Birmingham, USA.
•  Faculty of Grant Medical College, Bombay (1971 to 2000).
Retired as Honorary Prof. of Medicine and Diabetes, Grant Medical College in year 2000.
Organizational activities •  Fellow, American College of Physicians
•  Founder Fellow, Indian College of Physicians
•  Patron, Research Society for Study of Diabetes in India

Publications •  Seventy-five articles, originals and reviews in scientific journals.
•  Twenty authorship, editorship or contributions to books.

Editorship •  Editor, International Journal of Diabetes in Developing Countries 1991-2012
•  Editor-in Chief RSSDI Textbook of Diabetes, 3rd Edition.
•  Editor, Diabetes Today since 1991.

Teaching Experience 3 years: As Instructor and later Assistant Prof at University of Alabama Medical centre, USA
30 years: As Hon. Asst. Prof., later Hon. Prof at Grant Medical college, Mumbai
2001 to now: DNB (Medicine) at Jaslok Hospital Research Centre