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CSR Project By:  Deepak Nitrite Limited

Project Budget: INR 0.27 Cr


Contribution to ICDS

Project

Contribution to ICDS  (2018-19)

 
 
Project Sector  : Eradication Hunger, Poverty, Malnutrition
 
 
Implementing Partners:  Deepak Foundation
 
 

Project Description

Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme is world’s largest community-based program targeted to improve nutrition and pre-school education of children (0-5 years), pregnant and nursing mothers, and adolescent girls. The Foundation has been allocated overall supervision of 65 AWCs in Vadodara district by the Department of Women and Child Development, Govt. of Gujarat. In line with National Nutrition Mission-POSHAN Abhiyaan, the foremost objectives of this program are to strengthen services with value addition to reduce malnutrition and improve school readiness among young children (0-5 years). The key initiatives include:

Promotion of Mother and Infant Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN) and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) practices during first 1000 days of child’s life

Women volunteers from local area are identified and trained to conduct home visits during the 1000 days at periodic intervals to counsel pregnant and nursing mothers regarding key MIYCN and WASH practices such as nutrition during pregnancy, Kangaroo Mother care to new born, exclusive breastfeeding during first six months, initiation of complementary feeding at 6 months of age and so on.

Adolescent Girls’ Nutrition Promotion

Monthly home visits made to counsel adolescent girls regarding nutrition by local women volunteers. Regular anthropometric measurements and haemoglobin status is checked to monitor the progress of nutritional status of the adolescent girls (future mothers).

Treatment and Follow-up of Severely Malnourished (SMN) Children

Regular home visits by Deepak Foundation’s Field Supervisors to counsel parents and family members regarding nutrition. Mobilizing the SMN children for treatment and monthly check-up by Paediatrician at Deepak Medical Foundation or government health facility.

Promotion of Early Childhood Education (ECE)

ECE counsellors trained and deployed to undertake regular ECE session in the 65 AWCs once a month. School Readiness Instrument (SRI) is used to undertake assessment of current development status of children (3-5 years) and subsequently making them school ready by focusing the area of weakness of each child. Uniforms are distributed every year to the pre-school children to inculcate a sense of discipline among them to regularly attend. Educational toys are provided in all 65 centres to promote ECE in a play way method. Further, infrastructural refurbishment is undertaken of centers to provide a conducive environment for pre-school education to the children including creative wall paintings.

 
 
Project Location:   Vadodara-Gujarat,
 
 

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