Nand Wadhwani is the founding trustee of the Mother and Child Health and Education Trust (MCHET), a registered charity in Hong Kong.
Much of his work, including the creation of 24 health-related web sites, has been aimed at educating mothers and children, teachers and students, doctors and village health workers, community leaders and the public at large about nutrition, health, water, hygiene, sanitation and disease management. As often as not, these have been accomplished in partnership with development organisations and national or state governments.
Nand serves on the Board of Directors of the Child Health Foundation, the International Advisory Council of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and on the Steering Group of Healthcare Information For All by 2015 (HIFA2015).
Patrizia Fracassi is Senior Nutrition Analyst and Strategy Advisor in the SUN Movement Secretariat and member of the Independent Expert Group for the Global Nutrition Report. She is responsible for moving the agenda forward in the following areas: 1) Evidence on the effectiveness of multi-sectoral approaches; 2) Country capacity to plan, cost and manage implementation; 3) Country capacity to monitor implementation and evaluate results; 4) Country capacity to track investments (domestic and external); 5) Resource mobilization in support of country priorities. Previously she worked in Ethiopia as a consultant for UNICEF on Nutrition Information System strengthening and for the World Bank on Linkages between the Productive Safety Net Program and the National Nutrition Program. Patrizia also worked for UNICEF Uganda as a Nutrition Specialist and for NGOs, CESVI and Oxfam Italia in Vietnam, as Country Representative and Programme Manager, specializing in Community Based Nutrition, Primary Health Care and Livelihoods. She has also developed and continues to manage the technical content of the nutrition website motherchildnutrition.org. Patrizia holds an M.A. in Human Sciences and a M.Sc. in Development Management. She is a candidate for a Doctorate in Health Research.
The information and links contained within this site aim to address malnutrition in the global context, offering online access to the latest worldwide developments in its prevention and management. It is hoped that a greater understanding of best practices, including new technologies and available resources, will encourage more people to tackle the intergenerational transmission of malnutrition, while also freely sharing information and experiences.
This site deals with broad programs involving large numbers of people, and often cites statistics to discuss health and nutrition concerns. We wish to remember that every statistic is comprised of a large number of individuals - loved by their families and communities, individuals who work hard to contribute to those communities. Too many of these people and their children die before having a fair chance at life, and many more live, but are left to lead a life forever handicapped by a childhood of hunger, illness, and both physical and mental underdevelopment.
Behind all our efforts, then, is the sense that every life has enormous value and every unnecessary and avoidable death is a great tragedy. The very least we can aim to achieve with this site is to save lives… the most, to wipe out malnutrition for good.
The Mother and Child Health and Education Trust
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Phone: +852 3482 5121
The information on our web site is for general purposes and knowledge only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or treatment and should not be construed as definitive or binding. Because each person is medically different, patients and laypersons looking for guidance are strongly advised to review the information retrieved with their personal physician or professional health care provider.
We cannot answer questions about specific medical conditions. However, we do review the feedback received to help guide our priorities for ongoing content development.
This web site is a work in progress.
New components, tools, videos and other content is being added regularly.
"Knowledge is the enemy of disease. That is a powerful metaphor. Applying what we know already will have a bigger impact on health and disease than any drug or technology likely to be introduced in the next decade." - The Lancet
Knowledge is built incrementally with one person building upon the work of another. The more we make this process easy the faster knowledge will reach and thus benefit all of human kind.
In order to provide more comprehensive and meaningful search results on our site, several reports are available for viewing and download directly. Kindly visit the main sites of the author organisations for more complete and updated information. We acknowledge our gratitude to the many people and sources whose work has been drawn freely upon. We thank them all.
"If I have seen farther it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." - Isaac Newton
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Photographs from India - Thanks to Saptarshi Pratim, FullFrame
Other photos from UNICEF and private collections.
6 March, 2016