Continuing its efforts to improve health and nutrition among small children and women, Project Rise has launched a series of malnutrition alleviation programs in Govandi, Mumbai and Roha in Raigad District of Maharashtra. These program are undertaken in partnership with the Association for Nutrition and Development Action (ANNADA) and Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) under the Ministry of Women and Child Development.
As part of the comprehensive Health & Nutrition program, micronutrient fortified energy dense food will be provided every day to over 600 children across 8 Anganwadi centres (public care centres) each in Govandi and Roha. The aim of the program is to improve the physical and cognitive growth of young children living in these areas while working to strengthen various other aspects of their lives along with those of their families.
Although Maharashtra has shown gradual improvement in infant and child mortality rates over the years, a lot of work is yet to be done to tackle malnutrition, both across urban slums and rural and tribal communities. In Govandi, young children with low immunity levels are particularly susceptible to infections due to air pollution from the nearby Deonar dumping ground. This leads to loss of appetite, rapid weight loss, malnutrition and risk of mortality. On the other hand tribal communities in Roha are constantly grappling with the challenge of meeting the most basic needs, like access to safe drinking water and sufficient food.
Through its collaboration and engagement with local authorities and relevant NGOs, Project Rise strives to provide access to adequate health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) facilities to impoverished groups for holistic human development.