This partnership between The Government of Maharashtra, UNICEF and The Power of Nutrition focuses on improved access and utilisation of essential nutrition interventions: iron and folic acid supplementation for pregnant women, vitamin A and deworming, nutrition education, counselling to improve feeding, and care of children with severe acute malnutrition. These will be complemented with interventions to improve hygiene and sanitation. This investment will bring about more effective and efficient services to the most vulnerable populations in Maharashtra.
Following coverage scale-up assumptions, over 2020-2024 the investment will avert around 217,000 cases of stunting, 7,000 deaths of under-5s and 272,000 maternal anaemia cases.
HOW WILL SUCCESS BE MEASURED?
Success of the programme will be measured based on improvements in the nutritional status of women and children relative to current anaemia, stunting, and wasting levels identified in the baseline data (NFHS-4) and other relevant datasets.
PROGRAMME ACHIEVEMENTS TO DATE
The programme became active in October 2019. Year 1 results will be available in 2020.