Madhya Pradesh Nutrition Project

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.

The project aims to:

  • Reduce underweight and under-nutrition among children in the project areas in the shortest possible time by following the life cycle approach;
  • Reduce severe  malnutrition among children;
  • Creating Community awareness around the issue of malnutrition.
  • Strengthen 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 with necessary convergence with concerned sectoral departments, especially India’s National Rural Health Mission. Recognising 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 (Integrated Child Development Services), 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. Some of the major accomplishments of the projects are:

  • 915 SAM children identified, and their families are motivated and counselled to avail NRC services. (Demo Village:327, Non Demo Village: 588)
  • In majority of 80 Demonstration villages, there is improvement in demand & availability of services at community level.
  • Declining trends in proportion of malnourished children in majority of Demonstration 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 MPNP are being implemented in all 80 early learning Villages and scaling up activities initiated in 521 other intervention villages.
  • Specific support in 287 intervention villages to the government initiatives to tackle severely malnourished children which also happens to match with our project objective is being acknowledged by district and Block level officials. Thus enhancing acceptance of our project and its staff.
  • District level approval from ICDS to release their supervisory staff and Anganwadi workers enabled us to complete the 50 batches to trained 1409 Anganwadi workers and supervisors of all 3 intervening districts of Chhatarpur, Panna and Tikamgarh.
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