The Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation was founded in 2002 through an endowment from Mr. Narotam Sekhsaria. The Foundation supports initiatives that enhance the quality of people’s lives, across India. The Foundation believes in building the skills and capabilities of people and communities, to deliver a sustainable and lasting impact on society.
The Young Social Innovator’s Conclave is an important first step for the Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation. Youth involvement in Social Innovation is an emerging area of intervention in the development space and the Conclave was an opportunity to harness the same. The report brings out the versatility and dynamism of youth engagement as experienced in the Conclave.
LifeFirst is a tobacco treatment service launched by the Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation in partnership with PAKH, Mind Temple and Salaam Bombay Foundation. It comprises comprehensive counselling and pharmacotherapy to help people quit tobacco. LifeFirst delivers the service at hospitals, primary health care centres, government health programmes, workplaces, community settings and schools.
The LifeFirst training programme is developed on the basis of evidence-based behavior change techniques that provide an understanding of the factors involved in tobacco treatment and include practical interventions to help patients quit their tobacco habit.
Vacha Resource Centre for Women and Girls has been actively working with girls for the last 14 years through various programmes. Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation, found that there were gaps in the available IEC resources produced by Vacha and thus, a review of IEC material in Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati was undertaken. This report presents the outcomes of the review and details of the process that was followed as well as details of the material that was reviewed.
In an effort to understand the main issues around malnutrition, the Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation organised two national level seminars – in January 2010 and September 2011 – to facilitate a discussion on India’s deepening nutrition crisis. These seminars provided a platform to a wide range of institutions and public health practitioners to deliberate on the issue and make consensus recommendations.
Under the ICDS scheme, the Anganwadi Centre provides supplementary nutrition in the form of ‘Take Home Ration’ (THR) packets to children under 3 years. Whereas, in Dharani and Chikhaldara blocks of Amaravati, cooked food is being distributed. The Nutrition Rights Coalition has undertaken a study to assess both types of supplementary nutrition, comparing the effectiveness of THR packets vs. cooked food in terms of distribution, usage, nutritional value and nutritional status of the children.
The Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation in association with the Nutrition Rights Coalition had undertaken a study to assess types of supplementary nutrition, comparing the effectiveness of THR packets vs. cooked food in terms of distribution, usage, nutritional value and nutritional status of the children. Here is an article in Marathi, explaining the findings in details.