Maharashtra Nutrition Programme, India (2019-2023)

Maharashtra Nutrition Programme, India (2019-2023)

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The Power of Nutrition contribution

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THE PROGRAMME AIMS TO STRENGTHEN THE IMPLEMENTATION CAPACITY AND DELIVERY OF ESSENTIAL NUTRITION SERVICES AT BOTH STATE AND DISTRICT LEVELS.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

The Making Nutrition Aspirational for Children and Women programme is a $10 million partnership between The Power of Nutrition, UNICEF and the Government of Maharashtra. The programme aims to strengthen the implementation capacity and delivery of essential nutrition services at both state and district levels, in line with POSHAN Abhiyaan (the Prime Minister’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nourishment). Whilst the programme has state wide influence, it also has an initial focus on five districts exhibiting a high burden of stunting: Nandurbar, Gadchiroli, Osamanabad, Washim, Palghar and the Municipal Corporations of Bhiwandi and Malegoan.

The programme has five core foci, aligning to POSHAN Abhiyaan targets:

  • Strengthen systems and human resources in state government and partner institutes for multi-sector coordination, planning and monitoring for nutrition as defined in POSHAN Abhiyaan
  • Enhance capacity of state government and partners to scale up infant and young child nutrition services for children under two
  • Enhance capacity of state government and partners to scale up nutrition services for adolescent girls and women (before, during, and after pregnancy)
  • Enhance capacity of state government and partners to scale up services for the treatment of severe acute malnutrition
  • Enhance capacity of state government and partners to mobilise public support and generate demand for positive practices which improve the nutritional status of children, adolescents, and women.

 

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES

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

This newly active programme will begin reporting results in 2020.

THIS INVESTMENT WILL BRING ABOUT MORE EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT SERVICES TO THE MOST VULNERABLE POPULATIONS IN MAHARASHTRA.