The Urban Nutrition Initiative (UNI) has been designed to ensure prevention and early detection of malnutrition in ten ‘high-burden’ urban locations of Maharashtra. Led by the Rajmata Jijau Nutrition Mission, this is an initiative implemented in partnership with NGOs and the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme.This project aims at implementing ten essential nutrition interventions through the First 1000 Days’ approach as per WHO and UNICEF recommendations. FMCH has undertaken this initiative in order to achieve key organizational goes of sustainability and scale. The initiative provides an opportunity not only to reach an underserved population, but also, for FMCH to share its knowledge and approach with government workers in the hope that its best practices will be taken up by the government for long-term change. FMCH has been implementing the program in Nizampur area of Bhiwandi, Thane district catering 140 AWC’s for over three years. The key program activities includes Home visits, growth monitoring, Mata Melavas, nutrition demonstrations in nutrition course, Pregnancy club, mothers’ groups meetings, community events etc. The program has so far impaced the lives of 3689 children (0-2 years) and 2330 pregnant women and lactating mothers. Within the three years of UNI 106 mother support groups have been created.
Snapshot Of Urban Nutrition Initative