Action Against Hunger / Action Against hunger worked in Burhanpur district of Madhya Pradesh from 2011 to 2017. Lying on the southernmost region of Madhya Pradesh and bordering Maharashtra, Burhanpur presented a high prevalence of malnutrition among children under 5 years of age.

Our project involved the Community based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) as a model of implementation in 149 villages of the Khaknar block. We conducted extensive door-to-door screening of children under 5 years of age for acute malnutrition, referred malnourished children to the local Nutrition Rehabilitation Centres (NRC’s) and educated mothers and caretakers on maternal and child nutrition and sanitation. We also worked closely with ICDS, local Anganwadi and ASHA workers, training them on identifying malnourished and taking corrective measures.

In December 2017 we completed 5 years of combatting malnutrition in Burhanpur and exited the project. A strong focus on training Government frontline workers and educating local communities on nutrition has been instrumental in reducing the acute malnutrition prevalence by 7 percentage points in our area of work. We immensely thank our donors, well-wishers and our dedicated field team, with whose support we touched the lives of 1,30,000 people in 149 villages.