Our Malnutrition treatment program in Baran, Rajasthan was awarded the Most Promising Social Programme that complements the Zero Hunger at the CauseBecause event on 22nd June at New Delhi. The event saw 86 nominations for the award under 17 different SDG’s. The Baran project titled “Navoday” complements the Zero Hunger – Sustainable Development Goal.
Action Against Hunger started its work in Baran in 2011 in close partnership with the local health and ICDS departments specially tasked to tackle malnutrition in the local tribes. Our work primarily involves active screening, effective referral and promoting treatment, prevention education and system strengthening.
In 2016, we became the technical partners for the largest State Government led program on tackling malnutrition in the country. POSHAN (Proactive and Optimum care of children, through Social- Household Approach for Nutrition), a joint initiative by National Health Mission, Rajasthan along with UNICEF and GAIN started the first phase of the program in 41 blocks of 13 high priority districts, 1574 villages, 2500 government workers reaching out to over 2,34,404 children. A community-based model of managing acute malnutrition was integrated into the health system and post the success of phase 1; the government has now launched phase 2 covering 20 districts that will save the lives of more than 17000 malnourished children.
In the last 6 years as part of the preventive model, we have touched the lives of 5670 malnourished children in 283 villages, affecting the lives of almost 220,000 people.