Information for Organizations

Toolkit IAPEN

Malnutrition is a state in which a deficiency, excess or imbalance of energy, protein and other nutrients causes measurable adverse effects on tissue/body form (body shape, size and composition), function or clinical outcome.

Although the term ‘malnutrition’ can encompass both overnutrition/obesity and undernutrition, for the remainder of this document the term is only used to mean undernutrition.

IAPEN quality group has developed toolkit for monitoring the nutrition status of children in case of schools or students in case of colleges and employees in case of organizations. Our toolkit is extremely simple and user friendly and will detect risk of malnutrition without any requirement of advanced equipments or expertise.

We offer all these services to organizations participating in "Partner Against Malnutrition" program of IAPEN.

The Challenge

India has a long and proud history of research excellence in health, and continues to make important differences in people’s lives. One area that remains a serious problem, though, is malnutrition in care homes, children in schools and in the community and also in hospitals. For PAM, solving the problem is a very realistic goal and a welcome challenge.

Healthcare professionals are committed to best practices and quality of care for their patients. We need their support through strategic initiatives that include training and developing, evaluating and disseminating best practices.

Who can join PAM (Partners Against Malnutrition) Program of IAPEN

1. Educational Institutions.
2. Food and Nutrition Service Organizations.
3. Industries, NGOs, old age homes, orphanages etc.
4. Hospitals and health care settings.
5. Organizations related to Physical Activity
6. Any other interested organization.

Benefits to the Educational Institutions/Industries/NGOs

1. Monitoring of malnourished, under weight or over weight population in the organization and consultancy.
2. Personalized nutrition care plan for the organizations.
3. Promotion of the malnutrition initiative taken by the organization by participating in PAM.
4. Meal plan development and monitoring for canteens or hostels.
4. Regular visits to the organization by expert doctors.
5. Sharing the list of nearby restaurants, food courts, fast food centers, bakeries, participating in PAM program to the employees of the organization.

Benefits to the restaurants
Presently, PAM fixes only few simple eligibility criteria for restaurants/sweet stalls etc. in India for participating in this program.

The simple list of criteria are,

1. Addition of color/preservatives is strictly prohibited.
2. Food should be served on the plate along with plastic covers/thin plastic foils/leaf.
3. Food should not be touched by the hand after preparation (Gloves may be recommended).
4. Food should always be covered/closed.
5. Neatness, enough ventilation and space is mandatory in kitchen.
6. Food calorie has to be calculated with the help of dietitian.

Restaurants accepting the above list of criteria's are eligible to join PAM scheme and the names will be shared to nearby organizations.

Benefits to the fitness centers

1. Advanced training to the Physiotherapists/Personal Trainer/Nutritionist.
2. Converting fitness centers to diet clinics or weight loss or weight gain clinics.

Hospitals and health care settings

1. Regular training on malnutrition, screening, detection and prevention.
2. Advanced training on enteral and parenteral nutrition to nurses and dietitians.
3. Lifelong learning in clinical nutrition.

Organizations can join this program with a prescribed fee.

Organization Membership (<50 Employees) - INR 10,000
Organization Membership (51 to 300 Employees) - INR 50,000
Organization Membership (>300 Employees) - INR 1,00,000

Check membership page for more details.

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