PUSHTi (Initiative Integrating Nutrition)
JSI R&T India Foundation, is implementing PUSHTi project in partnership with SHARP NGO, under Mission Health of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Health (GSK-CH). PUSHTi is a community-centered initiative integrating nutrition, health and WASH to address the immediate and underlying causes of undernutrition during the 1000-day window period i.e. pregnant women and children below two years and adolescent girls and village communities.
The project aims at “right nutrition at the right time” by addressing target groups through age appropriate and context specific, evidence-based nutrition interventions. Addressing the immediate and underlying causes of undernutrition requires a combination of nutrition specific and sensitive interventions. The project facilitates alignment with Government of India provisions through various nutrition, health, WASH and rural development programs including the Poshan Abhiyan. Community engagement is central in problem identification and arriving at context specific actions in this initiative.
Geographical Area and Reach
PUSHTi is implemented in 17 villages located in Nabha block of Patiala district, Punjab. We reach:
- Total population – 47,168
- Pregnant women – 240
- Children less than 2 years – 667
- Adolescent girls – 1,671
Project Achievements between July 2018 – December 2019
- Pushti team is community needs responsive, taking health related actions that the community needs and requests such as Swacchta drive, health camps, anti-mosquito fogging drives and installation of dustbins.
- Through group counselling and talks on Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF), early initiation of breastfeeding and birth planning, we have reached over 250 pregnant or lactating women.
- An innovative concept, the "PUSHTi Corner" is installed in 12 schools. The corner consists of a display board containing nutrition messages, soap dispenser, a suggestion/question box with a safety lock and a first-aid kit.
- More than 200 adolescent girls have been sensitized about balanced diet, dietary diversity and menstrual hygiene.
- All Anganwadis and ANMs are oriented on IYCF, WASH, adolescent nutrition and family planning.
- Similarly, school teachers of Govt. Schools have also undergone orientation.
- Anganwadis have been supported with equipments such as thermometers and weighing scales to enable them to conduct health, nutrition and sanitation days more effectively.
- From each village, a volunteer has been designated as "Nutrition Champion" who counsels the peers.
- The Community Center that also works as Anganwadi Centre at Ageti village has been renovated.