Malnutrition & Anaemia – a global concern
United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (2.2) envisages to end all forms of malnutrition, including achieving by 2025, the internationally agreed targets on stunting & wasting in children under 5 years of age and address the nutritional needs of adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women and older person.
India suffers with one of the serious issues of child malnutrition in present time. Although the country has witnessed significant progress in its battle against child malnutrition over the past decades, the progress has been quite uneven. Nearly every third child in India is undernourished. The prevalence of Anaemia amongst children, adolescent girls and women is equally worrisome. More than half of women of India in age group of 15-49 years suffer from Iron deficiency Anaemia, which is mainly due to inadequate nutrient diet.
SuPoshan - Initiative by Adani Wilmar Limited for creating a well-nourished India
For any country to be ‘Healthy’, the primary objective which needs to be looked into, is Nutrition which people get through various foods available in the country. At Adani Wilmar Limited (AWL), we have decided that by keeping a larger objective in mind i.e. ‘For a Healthy Growing Nation’, we look forward to touching life of every Indian and enabling to live life fully, thereby making India stronger, healthier and more productive. AWL has associated with Adani Foundation, the CSR arm of Adani Group in the quest against malnutrition and anaemia among the target groups which include children from 0-5 years age group, adolescent girls and women in reproductive age at various locations in the country as a part of ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ initiatives.
Sangini – health buddy / a change agent
Suposhan identifies and nurtures capacity of Sanginis – a village health volunteers that play a pivotal role in spreading awareness and promoting behaviour change at family and community. Sangini is a woman from the village, trained under the ‘SuPoshan’ project. They work in tandem with existing government health functionaries at village level for realising benefits of exiting government schemes, particularly ‘Integrated Child development Scheme’ (ICDS) and services of Health and Family Welfare. Through Sanginis, the project takes curative and preventives actions, including awareness generation.
- Reduction in occurrence of Malnutrition among children by 95%
- Reduction in malnutrition and anaemia by 70% among adolescent girls & and women in reproductive age group
- Create a pool of resources at Village level
- Support efforts in reducing IMR & MMR
SuPoshan Focus Areas
Reach of SuPoshan
- The project has successfully touched more than 4, 50,000 population which includes 31,000 children from 0-5 years age group, over 25,000 adolescent girls and more than 69,000 women in reproductive age
- Since inception in May, 2016 the project has spread across 309 villages
- There are over 200 Sanginis covering 500 Anganwadis and 90,565 households
- In 2018, there will be 5 more locations added to the existing 14 locations spread across the nation which will definitely expand the reach of the project adding more beneficiaries in the future
Achievements Till Now
The project has achieved significant targets in just one year of its inception. 938 children have moved from SAM to MAM category and 1798 children from MAM to Healthy category.
There have been 57136 HB screening test successfully conducted so far.
Interventions done by Sanginis such as Focus Group Discussions (18649), Family Counselling (35436), Village Level Events (1404) and Groups Formed (2218) have given an edge and added a much required boost to the project.