IAPEN (The Indian Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition) is an association of patients and professionals involved in nutritional care. The core groups are formed by the regional officers/regional heads and approved by the Associate Members of the Executive Council, IAPEN at every general body meeting.
IAPEN Core Groups
Malnutrition is a complex & multidimensional problem with determinants beyond the health sector. Hence there is a need to bring together experts from various sectors like public health, biotechnology, food science and nutrition etc, on a single platform, to fight against malnutrition and to facilitate exchange of knowledge and research updates. This will catalyze promotion of inter-sectoral coordination, so as to arrive at comprehensive and sustainable strategies to address the problem of malnutrition. Despite constant interventions from both public and private sector to control malnutrition at community level, evidence points that there exists various challenges and bottlenecks, to decrease its prevalence and severity. It is the need of the hour to arrive at scientific and sustainable solutions to address the same.
IAPEN follows Dutch Approch for Fighting Malnutrition
Taken from Link (http://www.fightmalnutrition.eu/fight-malnutrition/the-dutch-approach/)
1. IAPEN Hospital Nutrition Steering Board
Responsibility: Framing Guidelines for hospital settings in India.
2. Chapter Hospital Nutrition Steering Committee
Responsibility: Monitoring the Hospital Nutrition Steering Committee present in all hospitals.
3. Hospital Nutrition Steering Committee (HNSC)
Its remit is across the whole hospital or institution. It:
- Oversees and advises the hospital on all aspects of nutrition, including screening and assessment, catering and food, supplements, enteral and parenteral nutrition – for in-patients and out-patients.
- Scrutinises, develops and co-ordinates hospital nutritional policy in response to external and internal drivers through research and audit.
- Agrees standards for screening, assessment and monitoring; food provision and nutritional support
- Co-ordinates delivery of excellent nutritional support in all units, specialist or general.
- Co-ordinates and monitors appropriate education and training programmes for all staff.
- Liaises with specialist units and if necessary encourages, supports and develops specific needs for nutritional care delivery within them
- Supports at least one multi-professional nutrition support team which includes at least one nutrition nurse specialist
- Oversees the coordinated procurement of supplies relevant to nutrition
- Oversees management of food for staff
- Advises on provision of commercial food outlets on hospital premises
- Is answerable through a governance committee to the hospital board
3. Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (FSN)
Through partnerships with the public, private, and non-profit sectors, the FSN (Fitness, Sports & Nutrition) group promotes programs and initiatives that motivate people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to lead active, healthy lives.
Adopted from 'President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, USA' (http://www.fitness.gov).
Fitness, sports and nutrition: http://www.fsn.co.in
List of courses offered by FSN: http://edu.fsn.co.in