Madhya Pradesh Nutrition Project (MPNP)
Madhya Pradesh Nutrition Project

Madhya Pradesh Nutrition Project (MPNP)

Madhya Pradesh Nutrition Project (MPNP)

The Madhya Pradesh Nutrition Project (MPNP) aims to reduce child malnutrition and help break the cycle of nutritional deficiency in three districts (Chhatarpur, Tikamgarh and Panna) of Bundelkhand region in India’s Madhya Pradesh state. Madhya Pradesh has the highest infant mortality rate among all states in India, and the third highest maternal mortality rate.

Some of the key objectives are:

  • Reducing underweight and under-nutrition among children in the project areas in the shortest possible time by following the life cycle approach
  • Reducing severe malnutrition among children
  • Creating Community awareness around the issue of malnutrition.
  • Strengthening governance, accountability and mutual responsibility of service providers and communities to foster program success.

The MPNP is led by CARE India and implemented through the ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services) with necessary convergence with concerned sectoral departments, especially India’s National Rural Health Mission. Recognizing that the Ministry of Women and Child Development alone cannot meet the needs of all children, CARE India is assisting the government to undertake convergence with other ministries and departments. CARE India is drawing from its field-tested, proven approaches to systematically create an enabling policy environment for ICDS , build trust across sectors, document models and promote convergence. Besides this, CARE India is facilitating training and capacity building of government functionaries, promoting safe drinking water, hygiene and sanitation at the household and community levels.

Madhya Pradesh


  • 915 Severely acute malnourished (SAM) children identified, and their families motivated and counselled to avail services at the Nutritional Rehabilitation Centers
  • In majority of 80 villages, improvement in demand & availability of services at community level registered.
  • Declining trends in proportion of malnourished children in majority of villages
  • Distinct change in critical behaviours related to exclusive breastfeeding, complementary feeding.
  • Awareness built in project villages around the issue of malnutrition
  • Core activities of the project are being implemented in all 80 early learning villages, and scaling up activities undertaken in 521 other intervention villages
  • Specific support in 287 intervention villages to the government initiatives to tackle severely malnourished children
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