Project Poshan is oriented towards early detection of malnutrition in the urban slum population of Jarimari area, Kurla. It is aligned with child development protocols of Integrated Child Development Schemes (ICDS) – A flagship program of the Women and Child Department, Government of India.
Kurla and Powai
As per the 4th National Family Health Survey, the statistics related to maternal and child nutrition in Mumbai City (the areas beyond Bandra upto the southernmost tip) and Mumbai suburban (the eastern and western suburbs such as Bandra, Andheri, Borivali, Kurla) districts are critical.
• Only 36% of the mothers living in these areas had folic acid during their pregnancies.
• Almost 70% of children aged 6 to 59 months are anaemic.
• Only 14% of children aged 6 to 23 months received an adequate diet in terms of complementary feeding.
Objectives of the project:
• Identify and register new pregnant women/lactating mothers and children (0-2 years).
• Provide first breastfeeding assessment and counselling service to 85% of mothers with new-borns within the first 60 days after birth – thus prevent malnutrition during the first 6 months.
• Ensure that 85% of children who graduate are in ‘well child status’ as per the WHO guidelines through successful implementation of the First 1000 days program.