Food Fortification Project in 3 states (2018-2021)
The project on fortification of Edible oil and Milk has been implemented byVatsalya, the technical support unit (TSU) based in Jaipur from October, 2018. The TSU based at Vatsalya worked in the three states viz;Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. The strategy is to provide technical support in building capacity of the food industry in undertaking appropriate fortification, quality control processes and quality assurance methods to achieve the goal of large reach of fortified edible oil. The strategy adopted would ensure that the staple foods that reach the consumer are safe and adequately fortified to improve their health and well-being. GAIN-Vatsalya also supported the State governments in mainstreaming fortified staples food in public funded programmes i.e. PDS, ICDS, MDM along with the industry for positioning these as value added products in the open market.
Food fortification fills the gaps in nutritional needs and is recognised by WHO as one of the most cost-effective methods, that has shown to decrease the incidence of micronutrient deficiencies that were previously common and has also increased the health status of a larger population across the globe.
GAIN - POSHAN (2017-2019)
Positive and Optimum care of children through a Social Household Approach for Nutrition(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, Vatsalya has been one major partner in the program's 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 anaemia, 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 as the 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 child's 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.
JEEVAN - KIRAN - JK TYRE (2008-2019)
JK Tyre, a reputed multinational company, joined the campaign in the year 2008, realizing the significance and need for taking care of the trucker-population. In India, truckers most often come from the poorest of the poor section of society. They are poorly educated with little awareness of various health hazards and particularly that of unsafe sex. Vatsalya operated 4 clinics across 2 states for addressing the health needs of this target population for more than a decade.
Livelihood training for survivors of trafficking and sports training
In the year 2018-19, our goal was to train 120 students and employ 60% of them. We trained 135 students, and link 46 students to employment, which was only 75%. In the year 2019-20, our goal was to train 120 students and employ 60% of them. We trained 146 students, and employed 75 students, which was 125%. In the year 2019-20, our goal was to train 80 students and employed 40% of them. We trained 97 students, and linked 40 students to employment.
Women and girls who are involved in human trafficking and sex trade and women and girls aged 18 to 35 who are below the poverty line are the most vulnerable with extremely poor condition. Female brokers who run sex groups get these girls to do sex work. They are identified by the Vatsalya and are given other options to lead a dignified life. These illiterate women are provided employment by training in sewing and kantha so that they have other options available so that they can live their lives respectfully and nurture their families.