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

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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Cluster Meeting Capacity Building Intervention to achieve RMNCHN outcomes in Uttar Pradesh

Cluster Meeting Capacity Building Intervention has been designed to build competencies of ASHAs through ASHA Sanginis, who provide mentoring on a day-to-day basis. A customised cluster module was developed to train the ASHA Sanginis as facilitators to enhance knowledge and skills of ASHAs to achieve improved reproductive, maternal, child health and nutrition (RMNCHN) outcomes.

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Visualizing participant experiences in maternal and child nutrition studies using timeline mapping

Iron and folic acid (IFA) supplementation is a cost-effective intervention to prevent and treat anemia during pregnancy. However, rates of IFA uptake in pregnancy are still very low in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Timeline maps were developed to explore health behaviors among pregnant women with respect to IFA consumption. Our findings indicate that timeline maps have the potential to be used in a variety of other program contexts.

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