NUTRITION IN INDIA

Mission Nutrition

By 2030, End all forms of malnutrition in children under 5 years of age and address
the nutritional needs of adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women

WHAT WE DO

In collaboration with the University of Manitoba, we support the Government of Uttar Pradesh in reducing
maternal and child mortality, by improving Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN),
in 29 high priority districts and aspirational districts.

  • Capacity building of Frontline Workers

We support the Department of Child Development’s Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and National Health Mission, in building the capacity of Frontline Workers (Anganwadi Workers and ASHAs) to counsel communities with focus on promoting the early initiation of breast-feeding within the first hour of birth, exclusive breast-feeding up to 6 months, importance of diet diversity in children above 6 months, iron + folic acid supplements for pregnant women.

  • Implementing Poshan Abhiyaan

We support the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and State Nutrition Mission in implementating the Poshan Abhiyaan.

We provide technical support for rolling out of the ICDS Common Application Software, facilitating Incremental Learning Approach Training, supporting quality implementation of community-based events and facilitating the development of Convergent Action Plans at the block and district levels.

Resources

Strengthening Antenatal Care through Community Interventions

Care during pregnancy or Antenatal care (ANC) is widely recognized as an essential element of safe motherhood. India contributes 20% of the total estimated maternal deaths that occur globally each year as per WHO estimates. Most of these maternal deaths occur during the third trimester, child-birth and the first week after birth. The UP TSU supported the Government of Uttar Pradesh in planning and implementing community interventions to strengthen antenatal care in Uttar Pradesh rural areas.

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The Uttar Pradesh COVID-19 Unified Data Platform

The Uttar Pradesh COVID-19 Unified Data Platform was developed and implemented as the state’s digital response to the pandemic. This comprehensive platform brought together all the public and private stakeholders engaged in the state’s COVID-19 health response, thus ensuring that the State has a single point of truth with respect to the pandemic management.

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Scientific evidence of association of prenatal counselling and immediate postnatal support to enhance early initiation of breastfeeding in Uttar Pradesh

Timely initiation of breastfeeding, also known as early initiation of breastfeeding, is a well-recognized life-saving intervention to reduce neonatal mortality. However, only one quarter of newborns in Uttar Pradesh, India were breastfed in the first hour of life. This paper aims to understand the association of community-based prenatal counselling and postnatal support at place of delivery with early initiation of breastfeeding in Uttar Pradesh, India.

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