Health & Nutrition

Health & Nutrition

Health & Nutrition

AT-GRASSROOTS SOCIETY (ATG) understands and believes in enabling the existing capacities and sharing knowledge, ideas and purpose to bridge the gaps in the delivery of health, nutrition and care services. To serve the purpose, ATG over the years has begun addressing the health needs of children, adolescent girls and women through a ‘Life Cycle Approach’ which views health and nutrition care holistically – as a continuum that starts before birth of the child and progresses through childhood, adolescence and adulthood. The approach extends itself beyond woman’s reproductive care and encompasses health needs at stages of life and which is crucial for determining the economic, social and cultural factors that affects their health status.

ATG through its flagship programme on Health and Nutrition is contributing towards saving lives of poor and marginalised groups of children below 5 years of age, adolescent girls and women (lactating and pregnant). These groups suffer from serious health conditions like- malnourishment, anaemia, high risk pregnancies, etc. with the underlying factors of lack of knowledge, inaccessibility to services, economic insecurity, poverty and hunger.

Therefore, ATG introduced a need for a new paradigm shift. This shift in perspectives brings focus to prepare the communities respond to the challenges of access, availability, use and sustainability of the health, nutrition and care facilities. The key strategy highlights of the programme are:

  • Establishing linkages with range of primary, preventive, promotive and curative healthcare services available in the community.
  • Capacity building of the existing health, nutrition and care service providers in – Primary Health Centres, Anganwadi centres and community’s frontline workers.
  • Strengthening capacities for furthering food production; to promote nutrition and food security by adopting kitchen gardening and growing food crops locally.
  • Establishing platforms for awareness on topics of Health and Nutrition like- anaemia, nutrition for pregnant and lactating women, personal hygiene, pregnancy, ANC/PNC services, care of new born, immunization, breastfeeding, etc., for target groups and to encourage health-seeking behaviour in them
  • Engaging at community level to conduct awareness sessions, health camps and life skills education.
  • Building capacity of communities to monitor the health services available in their areas.

Key Projects

Weaver’s Development Project

Project location: Moradabad & Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh
Supported by: UK-AID (DFID) and Monsoon Accessorize Trust, U.K.

Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh is one of the places where weaving products like stoles, shawls, scarves, etc., are made by the local weaving communities. The project aimed at improving the socio-economic-health conditions of these weaving communities.

Community Empowerment Project

Project location: Koderma in Jharkhand and Sojat in Rajasthan ,
Supported by: Responsible MICA Initiative, France

The project is currently running in 10 villages in Koderma district of Jharkhand and 5 villages in Sojat district of Rajasthan. ATG through this project has imbibed a holistic approach to work with the mica collectors, henna farmers and farmworkers in respective regions at the community level with focus on key areas of- Health and Nutrition, Education, Livelihoods and Strengthening of Local Institutions for access to government schemes and services.

The key achievements within the areas of the project are:

  • The project has intervened at improving the health conditions and nutrition status of children and women in the target households and villages. The project is helping in identifying issues and risks amongst workers and their family members especially the maternal and child health conditions and taking steps to improve the same.
  • All the children in the age group 6-14 years, especially child labourers involved in family based mica collection have gained access to quality education services.
  • ATG has identified 2439 household during the inception phase. The project interventions has helped the households increase their incomes through Sustainable Livelihoods activities in agriculture, livestock, mica collection activities and other additional or alternative income generation opportunities.
  • Through the project initiatives of strengthening the existing local institutions/bodies i.e., Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs), community engagement and capacity building, the mica collecting families have increased their knowledge and access to government schemes and services.

Related SDGs

Zero HungerNo Poverty No Poverty