Poshan Recipe Book
1st November 2020
Due to the pandemic, many services available at the Anganwadi centre are now unavailable. This included the provision of hot cooked meals that make up a substantial portion of the nutritional requirements for children aged 0 to 6. To create awareness amongst community members about nutritious recipes using locally available produce, Project Poshan conducted a virtual recipe activity during National Nutrition Month 2020.
During this time, the team received over 100 recipes from Anganwadi workers and community members. After careful selection, 30 recipes that highlighted the best cooking practices and ideas were chosen for the Poshan Recipe Book. This book will be distributed to Anganwadi workers, ICDS Supervisors and CDPOs and mothers of children suffering from moderate to severe malnutrition in an effort to provide key information on meeting a child's nutritional requirements. To take a look at all the nutritious recipes in the book, please click here
National Nutrition Month 2020
1st September 2020
Every year, the whole month of September is commemorated as National Nutrition Month (NNM) in India and the aim of this is to intensify the awareness generation process regarding malnutrition among community members. While this year has been a lot different, September was commemorated as NNM 2020 with virtual activities at the core.
To commemorate the National Nutrition Month with the ICDS, UWM planned multiple activities such as virtual training, online recipe competition and much more. To read the full report about UWM's activities during the NNM 2020, please click here
Project Poshan Update - August 2020
7th August 2020
As of 9th September, more than 4.37 million people in India have been infected by COVID-19 and the numbers are increasing rapidly. India is the second-worst affected country, with Maharashtra, the location of Project Poshan, being especially bad. Field activities for Poshan have ceased for the past five months due to the nationwide lockdown. But while this is the on-ground situation, our team has continued interacting
and training the government officials and parents at the project locations through online sessions and telephonic discussions. Not limiting the interactions and sessions to malnutrition, we have also trained both the target groups on the key aspects of COVID-19.
You can read about the details of our interventions in the full report here.
Project Poshan Update - July 2020
1st July 2020
UWM has taken the initiative to provide the ration kits for the whole family of undernourished children so that not only the undernourished kids can get the nutrition but at the same time families can also benefit. For this, the neediest and underserved families were identified and a list was put together. The kits were provided at the event while following social distancing protocols. 484 ration kits were distributed among the families of 510 undernourished children in 11 tribal villages of Karjat.
To strengthen Primary Health Centres, UWM provided the following supplies - 200 face shields, 200
N-95 masks, 2900 pairs of hand gloves, 34 litres of hand sanitiser, 6 pulse oximeters,
33 litres of handwash, 6 foot-operated sanitiser dispensers and 6 IR thermometers.
Our team continued training sessions for frontline health workers and counselling for parents through video and phone calls. A webinar was conducted this month for Anganwadi workers on safety measures during COVID-19. 67 Anganwadi workers and their ICDS supervisors participated in this session.
For full details, click here
Project Poshan Update - May 2020
1st May 2020
Through United Way Mumbai's COVID-19 Response we are supporting Project Poshan beneficiaries and low-income families, whose income source has been severely depleted by the COVID-19 pandemic and frontline health workers, who require personal protective gear.
Project Poshan Update - March 2020
1st March 2020
International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on the 8th of March every year around the world. Many organizations, including the United Nations, use this day to also celebrate extraordinary achievements of ordinary women. To encourage and motivate women and adolescent girls of the community, we commemorated International Women's Day at Anganwadi centres in Panvel and Karjat, Raigad. At the commemoration, women achievers were invited to share their success stories with the community focusing on how they achieved their goals and where they have reached today.
- Child Development Project Officer (CDPO), Panvel Block- II, School Headmaster of Village school, Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM), Advocate and school teachers shared their success stories with the community.
- A schoolgirl from the Raigad Zilla Parishad School also shared an inspirational story on the contribution of Indian Educationalist, Savitribai Phule.
- More than 80 women and adolescent girls in Panvel and 70 women in Karjat were present at the events. Female achievers from the village were also felicitated during the event for their extraordinary efforts and achievements.
For more details on the commemoration please click here
Meeting with parents of SAM children at Poshan Resource centre, Karjat
1st February 2020
A meeting with the parents of severely acute malnourished children (SAM) was conducted at the Poshan Resource Centre, Karjat. The objective of this meeting was to guide parents of SAM children and Anganwadi workers about the impact severe malnutrition has on a child. Topics such as home-based care of a child with no clinical signs, usage of locally available nutritious food and how and when Anganwadi workers can help parents in identifying and referring children to the hospital was discussed during the meeting by the project nutritionist. UWM has also distributed a booklet on the management of SAM children at home. 20 parents along with Anganwadi Sevikas, ICDS supervisors of Karjat Blocks 1 & 2 and THO (Taluka Health Officer) were present during this meeting.
Training of frontline health workers on Anaemia prevention and MHM in Panvel Block-1
1st January 2020
Anaemia is a major health concern in India. According to the Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey (CNN-2019) the rate of anaemia in Raigad district is 61.5%, which is much higher than the state of Maharashtra (47.7%).
United Way Mumbai (UWM) collaborated with the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) from Panvel Blocks 1 & 2 and Karjat Blocks 1 & 2 in order to conduct anaemia testing and awareness camps under the "Anaemia Mukt Raigad Abhiyaan”. 322 ASHAs, Anganwadi workers, ANMs and Anganwadi helpers were trained on anaemia prevention and menstrual health and hygiene management during the initiative's Phase-I. In phase- II, the team will conduct haemoglobin testing and awareness camps in 256 Raigad Zilla Parishad (RZP) Schools in Panvel-1.
Anaemia testing and awareness camp at Shirdhon and Navha, RZP schools
1st December 2019
According to the National Family Health Survey-4 (NFHS-4) the prevalence of anaemia is very high in adolescent
girls. 38.4% of adolescent girls are anaemic in India according to the "Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey (CNN)". To create awareness on anaemia
and its prevention, the team helped ICDS in facilitating haemoglobin testing
and anaemia awareness camps at Raigad Zilla Parishad (RZP) schools, Shirdhon
and Nhava villages.97 girls underwent haemoglobin testing and 171 girls were
sensitized on menstrual hygiene, how to maintain a nutritious diet rich in iron
along with signs and symptoms of anaemia.
November 2019 Update
14th November 2019
Children's day was celebrated in three Anganwadi centres across Panvel Block-II. To help in improving children’s' health and creating awareness of healthy food habits, the team conducted a variety of fun and learning-based activities, including drawing and games. A customized snakes & ladders game on good and bad habits was the highlight of the day for the 130 children from 3 Anganwadi centres who participated along with their parents in these activities.
October 2019 Update
15th October 2019
October 15 is Global Handwashing Day, a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. To commemorate "Global Handwashing Day 2019” the project team conducted sessions on the 7 steps of handwashing, good health, hygiene and sanitation practices followed by a demonstration on the importance of handwashing for community members in Karjat and Panvel-based Anganwadi centres. 11 sessions on health and hygiene were conducted in Karjat and Panvel wherein 8 pregnant women, 11 lactating mothers, 9 adolescent girls, and 58 community members participated.
Awareness session:The project team conducted community awareness
sessions on Ante-Natal Care (ANC) and Post-Natal Care (PNC). UWM has developed
various pictorial charts to help community members understand key
messages. The field team also conducted meetings with key village stakeholders -
Gram Panchayats - to discuss their role in fighting malnutrition in their
villages. A total of 53 sessions were conducted in which 91 pregnant women, 136
lactating mothers, 35 adolescent girls, and 472 community members attended.
For more information on our interventions for in October, click here.
National Nutrition Month 2019
22nd September 2019
United Way Mumbai (UWM) commemorated National Nutrition Month (NNM), an annual occasion as part of the Government of India’s "POSHAN Abhiyan” (the Prime Minister's scheme for Holistic Nourishment) from 1st to 30th September. The focus of NNM was on 5 themes – 1000 days after birth, diarrhoea management, diet diversity and complementary feeding, anaemia prevention, hygiene, sanitation and safe drinking water.
The main objective of this annual event is to intensify awareness generation on the importance of good nutrition practices which has an impact on development, productivity, economic growth and ultimately National development. UWM extended its support to this mission through Project Poshan by undertaking a month-long campaign to mobilize various stakeholders in the fight against malnutrition. Various activities were conducted such as designing of a healthy plate (an easy and pictorial way to depict the quality and quantity of food with the inclusion of all the food group), healthy recipe competitions for community members where community members prepare recipes made from locally available food items and a Poshan (Nutrition) Rally with school children.
For details regarding the programme click here
World Breastfeeding Week 2019
7th August 2019
Project Poshan - World Immunisation Week
30th April 2019
World Immunization Week is an annual health campaign coordinated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and celebrated in the last week of April to promote the role of vaccination in protecting people of all ages from diseases. United Way Mumbai
marked World Immunization Week by conducting various health awareness sessions for parents, Anganwadi workers and ASHA workers in Karjat and Panvel on the importance of
immunization and vaccines in preventing diseases and promoting good health.
National Safe Motherhood Day
11th April 2019
National Safe Motherhood Day is commemorated each year in order to promote proper healthcare practices among women, especially those who are pregnant or lactating. To mark the occasion this year, United Way Mumbai organised Godh Bharai
activities at various Anganwadi Centres in Raigad. Godh Bharai
is a celebration of motherhood and the ceremony stands for providing blessings in abundance to expecting mothers. At the event, the soon-to-be mothers were sensitised about the importance of breastfeeding and prenatal and postnatal care, to ensure that both mother and child enjoy good health.
Project Poshan Commemoration of World Health Day 2019
7th April 2019
World Health Day is an annual occasion commemorated globally each year on 7th
April. The aim of the occasion is to create awareness regarding good health practices among communities. This year's theme for World Health Day was "Universal Health Coverage",
one of the primary goals of the World Health Organization (WHO), in its efforts to ensure that people have timely access to affordable healthcare facilities. United Way
Mumbai commemorated World Health Day by conducting various health awareness activities including:
- Healthy Plate: The activity was conducted for children,
pregnant and lactating women and other community members to generate awareness about and promote the importance of a well-balanced diet for every meal.
- Health Check-up Camp: A health checkup camp was conducted for adolescent girls to determine their haemoglobin levels and Body Mass
Index (BMI). The camp was conducted with the support of the Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Karjat.
Capacity Building of Anganwadi Workers
28th March 2019
Accredited social health activist (ASHA) workers
and Anganwadi Sevikas at the Primary Health Centre in Karjat participated in an interactive session organised by United Way Mumbai focusing on good nutritional practices related to antenatal and postnatal care.
Distribution of food supplements
5th February 2019
were distributed to Anganwadi centres in Panvel, Karjat in Raigad and in Mumbai's F-North Ward, after the United Way Mumbai team conducted extensive quality-check at the Radhakrishna Food Services offices in Thane.
Commemoration of National Nutrition Month
24th October 2018
Rashtriya Poshan Maah (National Nutrition Month) is an annual commemoration, as part of Government of India’s POSHAN Abhiyaan (the Prime Minister’s scheme for holistic promotion of nutrition), which aims to intensify awareness generation on the importance of nutrition for good health, which further impacting development, productivity, economic growth and, ultimately national development.
United Way Mumbai joined hands with ICDS officials in Raigad district of Maharashtra to commemorate the occasion in the month of September, 2018 through various interventions, including:
- Sensitisation sessions for village panchayat committee members
- Group meetings and community dialogue with pregnant women, fathers and lactating mothers
- Home visits and counselling sessions for parents of SAM children
- Group counselling on nutrition for women and adolescent girls
- Nutrition themed games with the children at the Anganwadi centres
- Capacity building of the Anganwadi sevikas on safe food handling practices
To read the full report on all our activities during the National Nutrition Month, please click here
World Breastfeeding Week Activities
7th August 2018
World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is an annual celebration organized by The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) to promote, support and encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. To Commemorate WBW, United Way Mumbai (UWM) reached out to 200+ pregnant and
lactating women in rural and tribal communities in Karjat, Panvel, slum communities
in Sion and Wadala.
World Breastfeeding Awareness Week-Project Poshan.pdf
Project Poshan - Kitchen Garden Plantation Update
5th June 2018
On 5th June, 2018 (World Environment Day), 500 corporate employee volunteers & community members helped plant 12 varieties of seeds and 15 varieties of saplings in 11 Anganwadis
Project Poshan - Karjat
26th February 2018
United Way Mumbai recently launched the Karjat leg of Project Poshan and inaugurated the field office there. Now, the first batch of nutritional supplements have been distributed to the malnourished children at Anganwadis in Karjat. Project Poshan is United Way Mumbai's fight against malnutrition in children from marginalised communities.
Inauguration of Project Poshan's Karjat Field Office
22nd February 2018
The Project Poshan field office in Karjat was inaugurated today in partnership with NGO, Mahila Vikas Shishu Sanskar Kendra (MVSSK). UWM & MVSSK have partnered to implement Project Poshan in Karjat & Panvel, to fight malnutrition in children from underprivileged communities.
Project Poshan - Mumbai Inauguration
21st February 2018
United Way Mumbai's Project Poshan was launched in Mumbai today. Mr. Herjit Bhalla, MD, Hershey India inaugurated the project launch, where nourishing laddoos were made for the children suffering from malnutrition. Project Poshan aims to provide nutritional supplementation to malnourished children from underprivileged sections of the community.
Project Poshan - Safe Food Handling Training
31st January 2018
The Anganwadi helpers in Karjat are attending training on Safe Food Handling, organised by United Way Mumbai and conducted by experts in the field. The training is being conducted as part of United Way Mumbai's Project Poshan, the campaign to fight malnutrition in rural areas close to Mumbai.
Project Poshan Video (The Better India)
24th July 2017
Project Poshan: Fight Against Malnutrition - 12th July
12th July 2017
Project Poshan is United Way Mumbai's fight against malnutrition. This update has details regarding our latest intervention - a three day health checkup camp for severely malnourished children. The interventions were also covered in various local media publications. You can read the media articles on our webpage Media Mentions Section
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