Nutrition and access to healthy food are the rights of all sections of society, however, the needs of the urban poor are complex & multifaceted. The nutritional status of urban slum populations is worse than the rural population. The proposed project will work with households from urban slums & those having young children to improve quality of local diets and improve eating & feeding practices by increasing awareness and including low cost, high nutrition & impact solutions as part of the strategy.
We need to invest time and effort to nurture this section of our population who will become citizens of tomorrow. Healthy, nurtured children grow up to be healthy and constructive citizens. An investment in their present in an investment in a better future for all of us.
To combat these issues there is a persistent need to improve dietary diversity, the quality of local diets, increase awareness on healthy eating and child feeding practices as well as overall health and hygiene in urban slums.
The area selected for the project implementation is Sriniwapuri, an urban slum in New Delhi where #SHODH already operates a centre and a clear need has been felt for an intervention addressing nutritional challenges of the local community.
The project aims to improve the nutritional status and reduce malnutrition of the members of selected households in urban slums with a specific focus on the children. The activities covers more than 500 households and the preference is given to households with children under the age of 6 years. The focus on families with young children is to ensure that the maximum impact can be made through intervention in the early years.
#SHODH has been organising Poshan Maah or the nutrition month during September every year, in order to bring about a change in the behaviour of community members for the past three years continuously. This is the fourth season of #PoshanMaah where in the focus is on a variety of issues like #GoodFood, #LocalFood, #FoodTraceability, #FoodTravel, #FoodInTheTimeOfPandemic, #ImmunityBoostingFood, #Millets, #FoodSafety, #ReadingTheLabel, #NoToJunkFood.
Like Every year, this year too, three participants every week will be selected based on their performance during the theme week and will be awarded during the #PoshanYoddhaAwards.
Poshan Yoddha Awards will be held during October/November 2022.
Rajeev R Pandey