The NAOS Village Project

The prevalence of malnutrition in India is among the highest in the world. Millions of children and women suffer from one or more forms of malnutrition including low birth weight, wasting, stunting, underweight, Vitamin A deficiencies, iodine deficiency disorders and anaemia.

Today malnutrition not only affects individuals but its effects are passed from one generation to the next as malnourished mothers give birth to infants who struggle to develop and thrive. If these children are girls, they often grow up to become malnourished mothers themselves.

Globally, malnutrition is attributed to almost one-half of all child deaths. Survivors are left vulnerable to illnesses, stunted growth and intellectual impairment.

It is therefore necessary to address the nature of this problem through a multi sectoral approach aiming to improve nutrition and health status via a combination of activities that include nutrition, health, Water, sanitation, hygiene, food security, livelihood for the marginalized population.

The NAOS village project is a three year program that aims to reach out and touch over 45,000 lives in the Maharashtra State in India. The program will benefit children, women and men in the community.


Famous for its Tiger Reserve, Melghat region of Maharashtra is characterised by its vast forested timber track and is home to about 76,000 residents in over 190 villages. The land is very fertile, with irrigation along the river Tapi, and a mini industrial area for local entrepreneurs.

In spite of its green belt, sadly there exists a shadow of malnutrition in over 8000 households, where children suffer 11 times the risk of mortality compared to a healthy child. Children are at a higher risk of dying every year, especially during the rains when the tribals do not have adequate employment for daily earnings.

Recognizing the urgent need to save lives of children in Melghat and to reinstate the basic human right to food, NAOS and Action Against Hunger collaborated in December 2017, to work together towards improving the health indicators in the community In a block called Dharni.

Creating a cluster of NAOS Villages

The integrated program to combat malnutrition will address three main issues of Nutrition and Health, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL) in the community. The scope will include treating children who are severely malnourished, improving the water structures and availability, providing livestock, training farmers on improving their yield, educating women and children, on importance of nutrition.

Every member in the NAOS village will benefit from the holistic approach towards tackling their chronic problems of hunger and poverty.

For Food.Against Hunger.
And Malnutrition

Breaking the cycle of hunger and addressing the needs of children and mothers

Combating malnutrition involves a two-pronged approach of immediate treatment and prevention. While children suffering from acute malnutrition require urgent medical attention, we also need to work closely with Pregnant and Lactating Women (PLW) and break the cycle of hunger, since malnourished mothers give birth to malnourished children.

The NAOS village project will involve treating children via an approach called Community based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM), which involves the following aspects:

  • Screening, detection and treatment of children with acute malnutrition

  • Ensuring good antenatal and postnatal care for pregnant and lactating women

  • Community awareness sessions along with linking PLW to government entitlements such as Iron folic acid, THR etc

For CROPS.This Year. AND NEXT.

Improving family income and access to nutrition rich food

Agriculture in its broad sense and nutrition are interlinked. Availability of wholesome and nutritionally well-rounded food sources are necessary for reducing under-nutrition in a community. Initiatives such as home gardens and livestock rearing will not only provide micronutrient rich food to vulnerable families but also give them an extra source of income to make the activity self-sustainable. Additionally, farmers will be trained on nutrient rich and locally suitable cropping and farming techniques.

The project will provide sustainable livelihoods and nutrition security to households in the project area in 3 years’ time through enhanced sustainable production, consumption, processing and sale of micronutrient rich food items.

For Clean Water.Against Killer Diseases.

Improving water and sanitation structures

Access to clean water and good hygiene plays a vital role in ensuring children grow up healthy and strong. Repeated ailments such as diarrhea from dirty water and unhygienic living conditions results in severe loss of essential nutrients thus accelerating the de-nutrition process.

The project aims to improve the existing water supply in terms of water availability and quality and at the same time, instil a behaviour change in the community on sanitation and good hygiene practices.