In India 44% of children under the age of 5 are underweight. 72% of infants and 52% of married women have anaemia. Research has conclusively shown that malnutrition during pregnancy causes the child to have increased risk of future diseases, physical retardation, and reduced cognitive abilities.
Sharvani Foundation has conducted a survey at Delhi and it has been found that 11.7% children is suffering from severe malnutrition (stunted) at Delhi.Our target is to bringing out behavior change of the parents. The parents were the key target group since the health of the children depends to a large extent on the attention being paid by the parents towards the food and hygiene practices. Proper utilization of available resources in terms of funding and supplementation obtained from the ICDS department played a crucial role in formulating strategies to combat malnutrition in these villages. Inculcating hygiene and sanitary practices like hand washing among the children helped in reduction of preventable diseases like diarrhea among children.