Our Work

Established October 2017, the Center for Nutrition Studies at Yenepoya (Deemed to be University) aims to foster nutrition related activities relevant to India.

Problems of nutrition are the largest single contributor to the burden of disease both at the global level and at the national level. In India, the problem of under-nutrition is an underlying contributor to the high burden of infectious diseases in children and adults. Every third malnourished child in the world lives in India, and almost half of the 4.5 million deaths in children under-five are related to under-nutrition. On the other hand the prevalence of overweight and obesity are also increasing and generating epidemics of diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Micronutrient deficiency is widespread especially in women and children. There is need for any academic institution to engage with nutrition as a core and cross-cutting issue with a focus on research, capacity building and evidence-based inputs for policy. The Center for Nutrition Studies was launched to address this need.

The faculty at the Center has generated a body of research over a decade, which has proved that undernutrition in adults in India is the most important contributor to over half of new cases of tuberculosis and is a significant contributor to the high number of deaths occurring in patients with TB. This work has informed policy at a national level, brought nutrition at the center stage in TB care and led to various initiatives such as direct benefit transfer scheme for all TB patients to enable access to a better diet. It also advocates for comprehensive assessment and care for patients with tuberculosis and undernutrition to prevent mortality.

The Center is engaging with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, National Tuberculosis Elimination Programme (NTEP), UNICEF, National Center for Excellence and Advanced Research on Diets (NCEARD) in field of Tuberculosis and Nutrition, Maternal Nutrition, Adolescent Nutrition for advocacy, implementation, policy and planning.