Roadmap for strengthening the role of medical colleges and hospitals: Integrating and promoting a maternal, infant, and young child nutrition (MIYCN) program and policy agenda
In India, the policy framework for addressing maternal, infant, and young child nutrition (MIYCN) exists, albeit accountability is spread across a myriad of schemes in multiple government departments. Furthermore, last-mile delivery of critical MIYCN interventions has been a sustained challenge for public health programs in India. Among the array of stakeholders, medical colleges and hospitals are strategically placed in the health care delivery system to lead the policy and program advocacy agenda on the 1,000-day window of opportunity (conception until the child is two years of age). With this perspective and the background, A&T, as a knowledge partner to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, aims to strengthen the role of medical colleges in integrating and promoting the MIYCN agenda in the curricula and services of medical colleges.