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Nutrition through Social Protection: Course Content (BSSP612)

It describes how various social protection instruments, such as food, cash and asset transfers and public works programmes, can have positive impacts on diets, income, health and care and so tackle multiple causes of malnutrition. Social protection holds


Food insecurity and vulnerability; Food and social class differences; Food society and environment; Introduction to sociology of nutrition; Food and nutrition in culturally diverse societies; Social change and rural development; Women empowerment and nutrition; Food choices and their determinants; Behaviour change; Social construction and eating disorders; Challenges to combat malnutrition; Nutrition-sensitive and nutrition-specific interventions; Economic opportunities among the poor; Nutrition and gender sensitive policies and strategies of social protection sector; Social assistance, income generation, risk reduction and risk management; Current social protection programs in the public and private sector; Community development projects; Medical social services projects; Role of social welfare/protection sector to scale-up nutrition; Impact of individual financial assistance programs; Backyard poultry farming and backyard kitchen gardening; Social protection strategies in Pakistan and South Asia; Social safety nets for vulnerable group; Role of various development partners, (such as NGOs, INGOs, Asian Development bank, World Bank, USAID, and DFID) in social protection and scaling up nutritional

Learning Outcomes

 To acquaint knowledge about the role of social protection programs in poverty alleviation and overall welfare of the society
 To understand the role of social protection programs in provision of financial support for scaling up nutrition
 To identify the development partners and various social protection and scale up nutrition programs

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Nutritional counselling; Program designing for specific diseases like anemia, neural tube defects, rickets, etc.; Surveys and seminars in different educational institutions; Individual presentations by students on different nutrition topics; Visits of public places for nutrition awareness; Independent student projects.

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