Health & Nutrition
In different parts of India, we work relentlessly to make certain that children grow up healthy and enjoy a happy childhood
Even those days, 11.2 lakh children in India die earlier than their 5th birthday. Every 25 seconds, a child beneath five years of age dies mostly due to preventable reasons such as infections and malnutrition.
It’s this utterly sad situation which firms our resolve to provide robust health and nutrition benefits to children and save lives. Nearly 50% of our work for children caters to the Health & Nutrition needs of children. In different states of India, we’re passionately working to enhance the health and nutrition status of newborns, mothers, and expecting women with special focus on those coming from the most disadvantaged communities.
Following are the regions we work in:
- Child Survival
- Newborn Health
- Maternal Health
- Health and Nutrition of Children Affected through Emergencies and Natural Disaster
- WASH – Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Healthcare Which Saves Lives
We go by the mantra that No infant is Born to Die. That is why we have projects in several states of India which are aimed at increasing the chances of survival of children between the ages of 0-5 years, reducing levels of malnutrition among them and improving newborn and maternal health. For example, through Project Karuna, we have been helping malnourished children in rural Varanasi leave behind a life of malnutrition and become healthy. In the urban slums of Delhi, we run Mobile Health Units which take healthcare to the doorsteps of the urban poor.
Through ‘Stop Diarrhoea Initiative’, we are tackling diarrhoea (the second biggest killer of children beneath 5) and related issues among the most vulnerable children in the urban slums of Delhi and rural regions of Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand and West Bengal.
In 2018, 4.68 lakh children benefitted through our healthcare programmes.
In all of this, we engage heavily with the local community. We work toward disseminating the message of the significance of maintaining good personal health and hygiene, for themselves and for their children. We collaborate with state- and district-level government authorities, schools and Aanganwadi Centres. The Community Health Workers (CHWs) we train and work with form the backbone of our healthcare initiatives. To improve the hygiene and nutrition behaviour of the communities we work with and to inculcate the habits of healthy living, are among the ultimate aims of all our Health & Nutrition programmes.