Positive and Optimum care of children through a Social Household Approach for Nutritionâ€Ÿ (POSHAN) is a project implementing Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM), in Rajasthan. It is supported and co-funded by development partners: GAIN (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition), ACF (Administration of Children and Families) and UNICEF (United Nations Childrenâ€Ÿs Fund) and follows global guidelinesÂ Â andÂ Â protocolsÂ Â forÂ Â implementation.Â Â VatsalyaÂ Â isÂ Â oneÂ Â ofÂ Â theÂ Â majorÂ Â partnersÂ Â inÂ Â theÂ Â programâ€Ÿs implementation and evaluation. In the areas covered by Vatsalya and the GAIN team, a total of 1,953 children suffering from SAM (Severe Acute
Malnutrition) were identified in eight districts of Rajasthan, out of which approximately 76% were discharged as cured from the program.
As part of a scheme to free India from anemia, the government has implemented several national programs from time to time. One of them is AMB: Anemia Mukt Bharat, meaning anemia-free India. Vatsalya has been entrusted with a special task in this ambitious plan. In order to identify and document the real ground-level impediments that obstruct greater success, as well asthe positive reinforcements that facilitate higher rates of success of the program, a focused and strategic operational plan has been developed and is being carried out by Vatsalya. We are monitoring the anaemia eradication program in six selected districts of Rajasthan. At the end of the assessment, Vatsalya will submit a comprehensive report including a fact-sheet enabling the monitors of the program to take strategic decisions in order to strengthen the AMB mission. Vatsalya is partnering with UNICEF in Sirohi district; a predominantly tribal area, for early childhood program focusing on first 1000 days of a childâ€Ÿs life. This is one of the most recent program of Government of India on Nutrition.
Vatsalya is also a partner with government and various industries in a drive in which the fortification of milk, oil and wheat flour is chosen as a strategy to address the poor nutritional levels of the diets of the Indian masses. Vatsalya is covering the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and MP.
The major supporters of the above programs are GAIN, Switzerland and UNICEF, India.
Strengthening service delivery for 1000 days with focus on ECD, Health, WASH and Nutrition interventions.
With the new approach of synergising efforts for the community based programme very different mechanism are being adopted. Poshan abhiyan is now janandolan, Anemia Mukt bharat is aiming to cover different age people so that India is free from such combative health and nutrition deficiency. It can be possible when existing network of workers make integrated efforts to reach to the community. Vatsalya with the support of Unicef, working as implementing partner in Sirohi district, which is predominantly tribal with the main purpose of reduction in prevalence of undernutrition and anaemia among children (0-3 years), adolescent girls and women in the reproductive age group (15- 49 years). Improving the supply chain mechanism of Iron tablets and other supplies.