Malnutrition is a vital public health issue influenced by economic, social and political factors. Thus, it is unfair to place the burden of finding a solution to this issue on the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) alone. The solution to this issue should be sought through the active collaboration between the Public Distribution System, Employment Guarantee, and Rural Development initiatives, and ICDS and Health. In addition, an active involvement of ‘Community’ at the grassroots level is essential without which, the issue of under nourishment cannot be resolved.
SATHI addresses health and nutrition issues through active community participation, and partnerships with civil society organisations. We facilitate dialogue and action at the local, district and state levels, followed by dialogue at the national level. With a systems’ strengthening and convergence approach, SATHI aims to promote the view that instead of replacing public systems or substituting them, it is essential to improve the functionality and effectiveness of public systems using community-based interventions to support household-level nutrition practices. With this, SATHI, in collaboration with more than 25 civil society organisations across the state, has implemented the following key processes as part of Nutrition Rights Coalition (NRC) Maharashtra:
Community-based monitoring and action (CBMA) related to ICDS services supported by Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation, with the official mandate through Women and Child Development Department of Government of Maharashtra - This was implemented from mid-2013 to mid-2016, in nine selected districts across the state, covering 189 Anganwadis, with collaboration and mandate from the State WCD Department, and support from Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation.
Community Action for Nutrition (CAN) supported by the Tribal Development Department of Government of Maharashtra with an official mandate- CAN process is being implemented in 420 villages/habitations across 10 tribal blocks of seven districts of Maharashtra (Nandurbar, Gadchiroli, Palghar, Nashik, Raigad, Thane, and Pune) Building Community Action for Nutrition (B-CAN) supported by Bajaj CSR, Pune- This is being implemented in 120 villages/habitations across one tribal and two rural blocks of two districts (Amravati & Pune) of Maharashtra.