A quarter of women in the reproductive age in India are undernourished, with a body mass index (BMI) of less than 18.5 kg/m , likely to perpetuate an intergenerational cycle of undernutrition. Recently concluded National Family Health Survey 5 found an increase in the percentage of stunted children in 13 states and Union Territories, compared to the results of NFHS 4. This indicates a reversal of three-decadal progress that India had previously made. Apart from the serious consequences on individual health, high prevalence of undernutrition also hinders economic development leading to poverty, through loss of productivity and poor cognitive function and learning deficits.
We therefore, work to prioritize nutrition at the national as well as community forums to bring about a transformative change .Equipped with knowledge, we optimize opportunities to bring about a transformative change.
Matrix of Change -CKD’s New initiative on Tribal Nutrition (2021-2024): Supported by Children Investment Fund (CIFF).
In this project, we intend to root our focus on social accountability to improve nutritional outcomes for 0.5 million tribal women and children in 5 districts of Jharkhand. We will make children’s issue a priority in the state. We will strive to make the flagship programs of the Government for mothers and Children like SNP and PMMVY become well-resourced and implemented, ensuring increased access and quality delivery of service.
Incubated within IPE Global, CKD carries forward the strategic vision and promising approaches demonstrated by IPE Groups pioneering work over the last two decades. IPE Global has designed and delivered an exciting range of integrated, innovative and high-quality development solutions across all disciplines and levels. We proudly leverage that knowledge and experience to guide and catalyse our work.
Rajpusht: Transforming systems for delivering high impact nutrition results in Rajasthan
Rajpusht, a joint initiative of Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), UK and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), is working in collaboration with the Government of Rajasthan towards removing barriers to good maternal and child health (MCH) and bringing nutrition to the centre stage. The project is working to reduce the prevalence of Low Birth Weight (LBW) and Wasting in the two tribal dense districts of Rajasthan through strengthening of the ’Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Programme. IPE Global has also developed a state-wide Social and Behaviour Change Strategy to fight under-nutrition targeting individual, family and community behaviours (focusing on both maternal nutrition and IYCF) that builds upon various modes of communication delivery – Mass Media, Mid-Media, and Inter Personal Communication.
We Can: We collaborate for nutrition
We Can, funded by BMGF, supported the identification, aggregation and dissemination of insights from innovative and scalable models on nutrition for rural women and children in Rajasthan, Odisha, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. It adopted a collective way of working with the nutrition community, such that rich and diverse experiences from proven nutrition interventions influenced policy and programmatic design. The project served as a strategic platform to collaborates with governments, donors and development partners to facilitate convergence and cross-learning.
Alive & Thrive - Implementation Research on Integrating Maternal Nutrition Interventions in Existing MNCH Services
Alive & Thrive (A&T) is a global initiative of BMGF that supports scaling up of nutrition interventions to save lives, prevent illness, and ensure healthy growth by promoting optimal maternal, infant, and young child nutrition. To mainstream delivery of maternal nutrition within the existing antenatal platform of NHM, IPE Global worked with Government of Uttar Pradesh (India) to design and implement multi-pronged strategies to strengthen service delivery through SBCC approaches, capacity building of government frontline workers such as ASHA, ANM and Anganwadi Workers and their supervisors, generating demand for maternal nutrition services through community engagement and interpersonal counselling (IPC), leading to behaviour change not only for the pregnant women but also for their immediate family members. The project has created a repository of training modules, and job aids for FLWs along with monitoring formats and communication collaterals used during community engagement activities.