Launch of state- and district-wise nutrition data: An unparalleled opportunity for localized action

At a half-day event on “Strengthening National, State- and District-level Actions for Nutrition: Insights from the National Family Health Survey Data,” on December 13, 2017, at the India International Center, New Delhi, POSHAN launched a set of state-focused Policy Notes for all the states and District Nutrition Profiles for 640 districts in India. The launch >> Read more

Strengthening Data, Analytics and Evidence for Nutrition: An Overview of POSHAN-II

In 2012, India committed to achieving the six WHA targets for stunting, wasting, anemia, exclusive breastfeeding and overweight/obesity and then reaffirmed commitments to nutrition as part of the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2016. Tracking India’s progress on these maternal, infant and young child nutrition targets has been challenging, due to lack of >> Read more

POSHAN Delivering for Nutrition 2016: Session on Self-Help Groups and Rural Livelihood Programs

Women’s self-help groups (SHG) are fast emerging as an ideal platform to effect change in health and nutrition behaviors. The unique design of group-based interventions presents opportunities to simultaneously tackle multiple basic, underlying and immediate causes of malnutrition laid out in the UNICEF Conceptual Framework of Malnutrition. As forums of adult women, they directly reach >> Read more

POSHAN Delivering for Nutrition 2016: Session on Interventions That Improve Service Coverage and Frontline Workers’ Performance

The seventh session of POSHAN’s implementation research conference took participants to the frontlines of service delivery, by presenting evidence on the drivers of health and nutrition service use and some innovative interventions (information and communication technology and performance-based incentives) used to improve service coverage and frontline workers’ performance. First, Dr. Sunny Kim, IFPRI, presented on >> Read more

POSHAN Delivering for Nutrition 2016: Session on India’s Food Supplementation Programs

The Supplementary Nutrition Program (SNP) component of the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) and the mid-day meal scheme are two of the key food supplementation programs offered by the Government of India. The SNP provides a daily snack and hot cooked meal for 3–6-year-old children at the anganwadi centre and take home ration (THR) for >> Read more

POSHAN Delivering for Nutrition 2016: Session on Nutrition Financing

India carries an exceptionally high proportion of the global burden of undernutrition and is currently not on track to meet the World Health Assembly targets for stunting and anemia reduction. There is therefore an urgent need to invest in nutrition, in India. With this in mind, POSHAN’s implementation research conference “Delivering for Nutrition in India: >> Read more

POSHAN Delivering for Nutrition 2016: Session Summary on Interventions That Support Child Development

Early childhood is a precious time in human life– a period marked by rapid physical and cognitive development. Good nutrition and a supportive environment are critical for normal child development during the first 1,000 days– from conception to a child’s second birthday. A package of 14 essential nutrition-specific interventions that span the spectrum of prevention >> Read more