Project Poshan: Fight Against Malnutrition
Maharashtra has one of the highest malnourishment rates in the country. Nearly half of all deaths in children under 5 years are attributable to undernourishment. In spite of the ICDS programme, India has one of the highest malnourishment rates in children globally. In rural India, the issue of malnutrition is compounded by the socioeconomic challenges faced by the community. Through Project Poshan, United Way Mumbai is working in partnership with the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) in rural and urban communities, to fight malnutrition.
Impact as of 16th Oct. 2017
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United Way Mumbai's Response
- Establishing Partnerships with the government's Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS), which provides supplementary nutrition to children below 6 years of age.
- Enrollment and specific targeting of undernourished children, to ensure visible impact
- Supplementation of nutritious food (ensuring 500 KCal & 10 gm proteins), specifically designed, locally sourced & culturally acceptable. Food safety monitoring at every step.
- Anthropometric assessment & growth monitoring of the children, based on multiple nutritional indices to track the growth.
- Building capacities of ICDS staff & parents for improving feeding practices, sanitation, healthcare of child and household nutritional recipes
- Medical screening and consultation for severely undernourished children
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Hall Committee
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