Kathmandu: Basanta Kumar Kar from Kendrapara was awarded with prestigious Global Nutrition Leadership Award for 2019 at the UN-led Scaling up Nutrition Global Gathering (SUN GG) in Kathmandu, Nepal. Basanta is the seventh person in the world to receive this coveted award.
For his outstanding contributions and leadership role in realizing the vision for a healthier and more improved world, Basanta has been conferred the award.
In his acceptance speech, Basanta recounted the plight and challenges he witnessed, starting from his native village.
For him, good nutrition is a passport to a good life, the fight against malnutrition needs to be more urgent and more focussed therefore. “A good life can be realised only with the right to live a life with dignity with access to safe and nutritious food. To do away with malnutrition and micronutrient deficiency is as urgent and important, as it was to banish evils like slavery” said Basanta.
The Global Nutrition Leadership Award was founded in 2012 by Switzerland- based Sight and Life, a humanitarian nutrition think tank that works to deliver innovative solutions to eliminate all forms of malnutrition among the world’s most vulnerable populations.