Sunday, December 20, 2015

Sushil Manav to participate in UNICEF workshop

Sushil Manav to participate in UNICEF workshop
20 December, 2015
Pictures and Videos: Amar Singh Jyani, GS Mann
Eminent senior journalist Sushil Manav will be attending an important media workshop of UNICEF to be held in Delhi NCR on 23rd and 24th December 2015.
The Media Workshop on 23rd will be concurrent to campaign launch for Weekly Iron and Folic Acid Supplementation Programme (WIFS) by UNICEF's Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra & Sh JP Nadha Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare.
Another important workshop for media will be held on 24th where apart from WIFS, the topic “Rotavirus vaccine and Routine Immunisation” will be discussed in great detail. This important vaccine will also be included in the India's national immunization programme.
Sushil Manav is senior staff correspondent of 'The Tribune' from Fatehabad and Sirsa districts since last several years but he has been assigned several times to report sensitive and important news of areas beyond these two districts.
Mr Manav is the only media person chosen from this region to participate in this important UNICEF workshop, he being a life science graduate with additional education in the fields of Pharmaceuticals, English, Law, Journalism & Mass Communication. He has sound knowledge and understanding of these fields. During previous launch of WIFS which was suspended due to various controversies, Manav had extensively reported the WIFS, and supplemented each story with correct scientific information. Mr Manav is known for his indepth research into every story especially pertaining to the fields of medicine, agriculture, science and law.

Importance of WIFS: India has the largest number of adolescents aged 10-19 years in the world - 253 million out of 1.2 billion. This age group referred as adolescents - comprise one-fifth of India’s population and are key drivers of India’s future economic growth. However, 56 per cent of girls and 30 per cent of boys in the age group of 15-19 years in India suffer from anaemia (NFHS-3). This means that 1 out of 2 young girls and 1 out of 3 young boys are anaemic.  Adolescent marriage and pregnancy is highly prevalent in India, particularly in rural areas. Anaemia has an intergenerational impact on the cycle of poverty. Anaemia during pregnancy increases the risk or mortality and illness for the mother as well as the new born. Children born to anaemic mothers often have low reserves of iron which if remains unchecked have further implications on their growth and development. In response to the problem, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India launched Weekly Iron & Folic Acid Supplementation (WIFS) Programme in 2012 with the aim to reduce the prevalence and severity of nutritional anaemia in adolescent population (10-19 years). The target for WIFS is adolescent girls and boys in government/ government aided/ municipal schools, between classes 6 to 12 and out of school adolescent girls.

Inclusion of media workshop this time by UNICEF is a prudent step to disseminate correct information to the masses effectively. 

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