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Development Program

Women's Health & Nutrition

The problem of malnutrition is ill-defined, with spillover effects from sectors such as agriculture and societal issues like child marriages, complicating the design of effective integrated remedies.

Women in the family unit occupy the important role of ensuring dietary needs of their families are satisfied. Unfortunately, women’s nutritional status has been an under recognised problem. To improve overall nutrition through the family it is essential to promote developmental activities that improve women’s status in society as a whole.

 

- Lakshmi Durga Chava,

Technical Consultant (Health & Nutrition) World Bank

Key Challenges


Lack of knowledge about preventive and promotive health care measures
Malnutrition among women, children and adolescent girls
Traditions and taboos
School sanitation
Lack of focus on dietary diversification
Improper healthcare facilities

Recommendations

Family
  • Homestead gardens    

  • Regular medical checkups    

  • Use of toilets and adopt hygiene practices

  • Adopting practices related to 1000 day period

Community
  • Overcome myths and misconceptions

  • Extension sessions for farmers to promote community gardens and millet production

  • Conduct outreach sessions in the society

 

Government

  • Dietary diversification
  • Linkages between agriculture and nutrition
  • Conduct outreach sessions in the society
  • Use of ICT to track member wise details for timely action for referrals