What we do

We at Project SuPoshan aim to utilize a community-based approach to address the issues of malnutrition and anaemia in about 1268 villages and 139 slums at 22 locations across India.

As a developing nation, today one of our biggest concerns is malnutrition and anaemia. With around 38% of children under the age of 5 being stunted, 58% are still suffering from anaemia. On the other hand, 50% of pregnant women & 53% of women in general are anaemic in the age group 19-45 years.

Since May 2016, we have a team of 70 development professionals and 640 Sanginis by continuously training them on issues relating to malnutrition & anaemia. They, in turn, spread awareness on these issues, facilitating a behaviour change in children and women in rural India.


  • Reduce the occurrence of malnutrition amongst children less than 5 years of age.

  • Reduce the occurrence of anaemia in adolescent girls and women in reproductive age.

  • Create a pool of resources at community level especially ‘SuPoshan Sangini’.

  • Support efforts of the government in reducing IMR (Infant Mortality Rate) & MMR (Maternal Mortality Rate).

Activities at Site Level

  • 1

    Stakeholder consultation from State to village level

    - Regular capacity building of Sangini on issues of malnutrition and anaemia

    - Monthly meeting for activity review and capacity enhancement

  • 2

    Village level awareness and Sangini selection

    - Village level awareness for SuPoshan – Gram Sabha, Panchayat meetings

    - Selection of Sangini

  • 3

    Regular capacity building of Sangini

    - House hold contacts for SuPoshan awareness and Survey

    - Data collection for understanding case-load of Sangini

  • 4

    Household surveys

    - House hold contacts for SuPoshan awareness and Survey

    - Data collection for understanding case-load of Sangini

  • 5

    Anthropometric measurements and identification of SAM( Severely Acute Malnourished) & MAM (Moderately Acute Malnourished)

    - Anthropometric Measurement of Children in age group of 0-5 years

    - Identification of SAM ( Severely Acute Malnourished) / MAM (Moderately Acute Malnourished) children

    - Mid Upper Arm Circumference’ (MUAC) measurement for confirmation for SAM -Treatment

  • 6

    Focus group discussions and family counselling

    - Group Discussion with Mothers’ groups for improving nutrition at family level

    - Family counselling of parents – for SAM / MAM children for behaviour change , food habits & Health and hygiene promotion

  • 7

    Severe case referrals & initiation of community based management

    - Referral of SAM children at ‘Child Malnutrition Treatment Centre’ - CMTC

    - (Facility based treatment for children with medical complication and oedema)

  • 8

    Nurturing severe and moderate cases of acute malnutrition

    - Community based Mgt. of Acute Malnutrition

    - Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) for SAM children

    - Regular monitoring of children taking RUTF – MUAC, and Weight

  • 9

    Pregnant & lactating women's care

    - Pregnant & lactating women groups

    - Support for accessing government Services – ICDS/PHC, Vaccination, Take Home ration etc

    - Focusing on 10 proven points for curbing malnutrition – Care during pregnancy and after delivery, first 1000 days concept

  • 10

    Food & hygiene demonstrations

    - FDG for improving nutrition at family level

    - Food/ Recipe demo for better & scientific practices including hygiene

    - Innovative events- SuPoshan mela, Signature Campaign to support the project, Cooking show etc

    - Health Camps, Coordination with Mobile Health Unit

  • 11

    Haemoglobin screening for adolescents girls & women in reproductive age

    - Anaemia Intervention

    - HB screening - Adolescent Girls, Pregnant & Lactating Women and in reproductive age group

    - Linkages with ICDS and Primary Health Centre for IFA tablets

  • 12

    Innovative events - cooking shows and SuPoshan melas

    - Focused Group Discussions -for capacity building of mothers, adolescent girls and women groups

    - Explaining causes and effects of anaemia, Peer pressure for promoting behaviour change

    - Continuous Community mobilization - Village level events to act collectively

  • 13

    SuPoshan Vatikas – kitchen garden

    - Kitchen Garden initiative

    - Support for cultivating iron rich leafy vegetable and Moringa

    - Promote regular use through counselling and peer monitoring

Journey So Far

We initiated project SuPoshan in May 2016 and identified 10 locations covering 276 villages and 5 wards during the first year of its inception. We added 4 more locations in the subsequent year reaching out to a total of 309 villages and 5 wards. Today, project SuPoshan is serving 22 locations spread across 1450 villages, 5 wards and 85 slums covering 15.6 lakh population.

As per National Family Health Survey - 4 (2015-16)

Malnutrition amongst Children (0-5 Years)
Stunting(Low Height for Age) 38%
Wasting (Low Weight for Height) 21%
S. Wasting (Below 3SD) 7%
Underweight (Low Weight for Age) 36%
Pregnant Women NFHS-3 (2005-06) NFHS-4 (2015-16)
  58% 50%
Women(General) NFHS-3 NFHS-4
  55% 53%