UNI successfully incorporated the implementation of these interventions detailed below:Strengthening ICDS Enhancing Demand Generation for ICDS Services Home-Visits and Counseling for Child Rearing and Feeding Growth Promotion and Monitoring Refferals Enhancing Maternal Health and Nutrition
UNI has built the capacity of existing 1514 Anganwadi workers across 846 Anganwadi centres across Maharashtra to deliver better services through training programs. Properly trained and supported Anganwadi workers assist them in conducting nutrition demonstrations, home visits, and anthropometric measurements; thereby reaching the most vulnerable populations who tend to get excluded from the services.
While strengthening ICDS the program worked to build the community’s demand for ICDS services by making them aware of what services are offered through ICDS, thus building their capacity to access as well as generate demand for services. Mothers’ groups monitor the quality of Take Home Ration (THR), supervise distribution of THR and meals, ensure that anthropometric measurements are taken on a monthly basis—thus holding each Anganwadi worker accountable for quality and timely service delivery and ensuring that centers function at an optimal level.
The initiative focused on preventing malnutrition through constant vigilance and identification of those most at-risk, such as: pregnant women, lactating mothers, children aged 0-2 years, Severely Acute Malnourished (SAM) and Moderately Acutely Malnourished (MAM) children, children who show growth faltering, or have not been weighed at birth. Focused intervention was imparted through home visits which included counseling on adequate maternal nutrition during pregnancy and lactation, optimal Infant and Young Child Feeding practices including caregiving during illnesses, anthropometric measurements, and listing babies born with low birth weight.