Rajmata Jijau Mother and Child Health & Nutrition Mission (RJMCHNM)
The Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) program was introduced in 1975 nationally to address maternal and child health and nutrition. Maharashtra has 104 urban ICDS projects that provide six different services:
- Supplementary Nutrition Services
- Nutrition and Health Education
- Pre-school and Non-formal Education
- Health Check-Up
- Referral Services
The RJMCHNM Mission was set up to focus on advocacy regarding the importance of the first 1000 days, acting as a ‘Think Tank’ and to give policy inputs to the Government regarding evidence-based interventions. A full-time Nutrition Mission brings the focus back to the role of the family, i.e. the mother or guardian, which is much more important than the role of the government in providing an extra meal.
Consortium of Implementing NGO Partners
In April 2015, CCDT organised a State Consultation on Public Private Partnership (PPP) to mitigate urban Malnutrition. At this consultation the idea of initiating a consortium modelled on a P-P-P was mooted, and twenty high-burden Urban ICDS projects in Maharashtra were identified basis an ICDS report (Government of Maharashtra).
In March 2015, CCDT entered into a low-cost, Public Private Partnership (PPP) with RJMCHNM and TATA Trust — to reduce malnutrition rates in high-burden Urban ICDS projects across Maharashtra. Over the last three years, CCDT has led this consortium comprising four field NGOs (Amhi Amchya Arogyasathi, VACHAN, FMCH and ISSUE, working in the area of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition to implement this ‘Urban Nutrition Initiative’ across eight high-burden Urban ICDS projects — with technical support from UNICEF.
By working with high-burden urban ICDS projects the UNI program aimed to reduce malnutrition by reducing the percentage of Severely Acute Malnourished (by 2%) and Moderately Acute Malnourished (by 4%) children aged 0-2 years within selected ICDS projects over three years.