The prevalence of underweight children in India is among the highest in the world, with dire consequences for mobility, mortality, productivity and economic growth. In our focus area of Maharashtra, we aim to tackle malnutrition in the state by providing nutrition supplement for children in orphanages, schools and ashram schools.
To achieve the above stated aim, Indiabulls Foundation provides Paushtik Aahar- Nutrition Supplement to 5000 underprivileged malnourished individuals every month in Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigarh districts. All these individuals belong to socially and economically backward families. This includes tribal, slum, abandoned/street children and children from orphanages & rehabilitation centers. Apart from these institutions, Indiabulls Foundation also distributes Paushtik Aahar through its free mobile medical vans and charitable clinic in Panvel & Mumbai.
Paushtik Aahar is made of indigenous cereals, pulses and grains. It is a complete ready-to-use mix that does not require any cooking whatsoever. If consumed as instructed, Paushtik Aahar improves an individual's immune system considerably thus helps preventing and combating malnutrition.
Mokhada, a taluka located in Palghar district of Maharashtra has long been known for malnutrition amongst children between age group of 0-6 years.
Taking its focus on rural development ahead, Indiabulls Foundation has adopted the entire Mokhada taluka with an intention to curb its growing malnutrition rate along with improving the health conditions and bring about sustainable change amongst the people of Mokhada. More than 15000 (children+pregnant ladies+lactating mothers) individuals are continuously benefitting through the IBF nutrition programme.
The implementation plan includes direct interventions through:
• Providing nutritional supplement (Paushtik Aahar) to primarily the target population of children in the age group of 6 months to 6 years, pregnant women and lactating mothers. Paushtik Ahar ensures to supplement the existing local food practices and confirms a nutritious addition in the daily dietary intake of the women and children
• Initiation of Free Mobile Medical vans that will cater to primary medical needs of the people living in villages without access to essential medical aid
• Conducting mega health camps in schools and villages so that regular medical interventions will help in promoting a healthy living among the people
• Creating awareness and sensitisation with the help of IEC’s to ensure sustainability in our approach and helping build a healthy future for the locals
Indiabulls Foundation involves the entire community in this programme so as to make the community accountable for their growth, progress and also their sustained health development.