Adani Foundation strengthens nutrition security in India’s villages

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Under Fortune Suposhan, a nationwide project of Adani Wilmar, an all-women Adani Foundation team of over 400 community volunteers, called Suposhan Sangeenis, reached out to beneficiaries at 14 CSR locations in India.

Ahmedabad: During the Poshan Maah observed in September, 56,264 people in over 640 villages across 12 Indian states benefited from the nutrition program organized by the Adani Foundation.

Every year under the POSHAN Abhiyaan of the Government of India.

Under Fortune Suposhan, a nationwide project of Adani Wilmar, an all-women Adani Foundation team of over 400 community volunteers, called Suposhan Sangeenis, reached out to beneficiaries at 14 CSR locations in India.

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In August 2021, the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) had announced that this year’s month-long event would be ‘Thematic Poshan Maah’.

Throughout the month of September there were weekly themes for a focused and integrated approach towards improving overall nutrition. The activities carried out under the Fortune Nutrition Project were in line with these weekly themes.

Poshan Maah comes at an opportune time when the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged people, adversely affecting nutritional security, leading to an increase in malnutrition at all levels.

Outreach activities such as anthropometric measurements were conducted for children below five years of age. Overall, 7,699 children were screened, of whom 432 (5.6%) were identified to have severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and 556 (7.2%) with moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) at 14 locations. Also, indigenous nutritious cuisines were promoted and Poshan Vatikas (kitchen gardens) were developed.

As the COVID-19 cases decreased, the Fortune Nutrition Project through a number of activities involving pregnant women, lactating mothers, adolescent girls, men, family members and caregivers helped inter-alia during the month of September. Intensified its community-based approach to tackle generational malnutrition.

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Summary

• Poshan Month 2021 celebrated at 14 CSR locations in India

• It is a community based nutrition intervention project of Adani Wilmar, implemented by Adani Foundation

• More than 400 women community volunteers, known as Suposhan Sanginis, organized several activities to raise awareness about nutrition issues.

More than 1,000 saplings were planted at household level, 575 nurturing gardens were developed, 463 cooking demonstrations were done using Take Home Ration (THR) and local food items, 7,138 households for 2,630 pregnant women and lactating mothers Counseling sessions held, 3,128 adolescents

From 1,380 families of girls and children with SAM and MAM, 5,022 water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) demonstrations were conducted, and 436 yoga sessions were conducted for 5,782 people.

Other activities included slogan writing, quizzes, healthy recipe competitions and awareness campaigns on the importance of regional foods for sustainable change. Several capacity building sessions were also organized for the Suposhan Sanginis during the month.

The Suposhan Project promotes behavioral change to curb anemia and with a focus on the inter-generational cycle of malnutrition. It targets infants (up to the age of five), adolescent girls, pregnant women and lactating mothers.

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Focusing on the first 1,000 days of a child’s life, the project aims to strengthen mothers’ ability to learn correct breastfeeding techniques, care practices, age-appropriate complementary feeding and feeding habits to prevent malnutrition from the very beginning. Is.

First published:October 7, 2021, 8:18 PM

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