ANSH-Adolescent Nutrition, Sanitation & Health
Initiated in March 2018, under the Mission Health of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Health (GSK-CH), the Adolescent Nutrition, Sanitation & Health (ANSH) project invests in improving nutritional status of 10-19 year old (adolescent) girls and boys through evidence based global best practices. The objectives of the project are aligned with those of the Government of India’s Poshan Abhiyaan i.e. to bring about a reduction in thinness (as per age specific Body Mass Index-BMI) and Iron deficiency anaemia in the community.
A 360 degree approach is being used to bring about a change in food and WASH related practices of the adolescents. The specific gaps in food and WASH practices were ascertained through an in-depth study done in two of the focus districts. A market survey done as part of the study provided insights into commonly available and affordable foods in the market and behaviours related to junk food consumption.
We directly engage with the adolescents themselves, their parents and teachers, peer leaders and general community to improve their knowledge on balanced diet, dietary diversity, Iron-rich foods, deworming and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH). The project also works closely with the Rashtriya Kishore Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK) to improve uptake of Weekly Iron Folic Acid Supplementation (WIFS) and with ICDS to improve Take Home Rations.
Geographic Area and Reach
The project is technically led by JSI R&T India Foundation and implemented in the field by our partner NGO SHARP, in one district each of Uttar Pradesh (Bahraich), Bihar (Gaya), Assam (Barpeta) and Madhya Pradesh (Vidisha). The four selected districts have poor nutrition and health status and are Aspirational districts of Niti Aayog.
Through interesting and innovative activities, we have touched the lives of 60,000 adolescents, 1592 families, 198 FLWs and 256 peer leaders. We are supporting 2058 undernourished adolescents improve their BMI by counseling them and their families on better diet and WASH practices. Further, we supported RKSK by strengthening Adolescent Friendly Health Clinics, organized 72 Adolescent Health Days at 39 schools, 33 AWCs and 49 Adolescent Clubs at Anganwadis and streamlining the supply of Weekly Iron and Folid Acid supplementation.
ANSH introduced an innovative idea of a cartoon character called ‘ANSHika’ -A model adolescent girl. ANSHika corners are installed in 30 schools and 20 AWCs to convey messages to adolescents in a lively manner. Another innovation is a ‘Soap Bank’ established in 11 schools where the nearby community contributes soap for use by school children.
By March 2020, we hope to benefit 90,000 adolescents who reside in the project geographies.