IAPEN Core Groups

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

1. Malnutrition Task Force

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/)

The Dutch approach in 10 steps

  1. Raise a multidisciplinary steering group, which represents all disciplines involved in screening and treatment of malnutrition and which has authority
  2. Create awareness for the problem of disease related malnutrition by collecting prevalence data 
  3. Quick and easy screening tools, connected to a treatment plan
  4. Screening as a mandatory quality indicator
  5. Evidence based, validated tools and cost-effectiveness research
  6. Ministry of Health as a key stakeholder to strengthen the message
  7. Implementation projects in all health care settings:
    • Start pilot projects to implement screening and treatment of malnutrition in.
    • Evaluate and adjust where necessary
    • Use the field to develop tools and a toolkit
    • Disseminate the project over more institutions and organizations.
    • Make sure projects team are multidisciplinary and have authority
    • A website to communicatie between participating teams and organizations with
  8. Toolkits with tools, ready-to-use presentations and best practices, downloadable, free accessible to everyone
  9. Multidisciplinary project teams in all institutions
  10. Training programs and workshops
Malnutrition Task Force (MTF) contain food science experts, nutritionists, dietitians, doctors, general public etc. For more information on MTF, contact the regional officers or mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

2. The Hospital Nutrition Steering Committee

Adopted from BAPEN (www.bapen.org.uk/ofnsh/page4.html)

Brings together senior managers from many disciplines including nursing, catering, dietetics, pharmacy, medicine & surgery. It may appropriately be chaired by the Head Nurse or a senior figure within the hospital who can provide natural links with Governance and the Board. It may benefit from having sub-committees – for example  Research and Development, Screening, Specialist Services, Catering.

There will be three types of Hospital Nutrition Steering Commiittee's

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)

Key Responsibilities

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
For more information on HNSC, contact the regional officers or mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . There is 50% discount in the IAPEN Life time memebship fee to all nurses.

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

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There is no limit to the core groups which can be formed by Regional Officers/Regional Heads. Mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , if any new core group is required for fighting malnutrition in India.

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