In new ICMR initiative, Mahatma Gandhi to be ‘health ambassador’ for children


To create awareness among school children for pursuing a lifestyle that ensures their well being, a new initiative that projects Mahatma Gandhi as ‘health ambassador’ has been launched by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

The apex health research body said that even in today’s time the Gandhian virtues & philosophy of good health, which he preached and practised, are relevant. Hence ICMR scientists and officers are visiting the schools for active interaction with children to raise awareness regarding values for good health to keep the Gandhian virtues & philosophy alive.

In order to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, recently an initiative, called ‘Mission SHAKTTI’ (School-based Health Awareness, Knowledge Test and Training Initiative) was launched in collaboration with the National Gandhi Museum and Directorate of Education by the Delhi government. Around 36 schools participated in this programme in Delhi. The project coordinator of the programme is Rajni Kant, scientist and director at the ICMR-Regional Medical Research Centre, Gorakhpur.

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