Health and Nutrition

Every child, no matter who they are or where they come from, deserve to be healthy and nourished.
Save the Children, through its Health & Nutrition Programmes, has benefitted 7.5 lakh children in 2021.

Come, join our mission to guarantee good Health & Nutrition to Every Last Child!

Since our establishment in India, we are supporting the government programs and schemes to ensure the last mile delivery. Save the Children (Also known as Bal Raksha Bharat) has strategic engagement with Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, NITI Aayog, State Governments, and Research and Academic Institutions such as Indian Council for Medical Research – National Institute of Nutrition (ICMR NIN) and International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS) to strengthen health & nutrition programmes in hard-to-reach areas.

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  • SALIENT ASPECTS OF OUR WORK IN THE AREA OF HEALTH & NUTRITION
    • Collaborating with the governments agencies and local administration for providing Technical Assistance
    • Facilitating Health System Strengthening with focus on service delivery, health workforce empowerment, information dissemination, medical products, vaccination, financing, leadership and governance
    • Promoting community-level Behaviour Change to drive embracing of healthy behaviours
    • Advocating for an equitable, qualitative, and gender-sensitive approach that links families, communities and facilities
    • Conducting multi-sectoral assessments in case of emergencies
  • FACETS OF OUR WORK IN THE AREA OF HEALTH & NUTRITION
    • Maternal & New-born Health
    • Child Health
    • Nutrition
    • Adolescent Health
    • Urban Health
    • WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)
  • Collaborating with the governments agencies and local administration for providing Technical Assistance
  • Facilitating Health System Strengthening with focus on service delivery, health workforce empowerment, information dissemination, medical products, vaccination, financing, leadership and governance
  • Promoting community-level Behaviour Change to drive embracing of healthy behaviours
  • Advocating for an equitable, qualitative, and gender-sensitive approach that links families, communities and facilities
  • Conducting multi-sectoral assessments in case of emergencies

OUR AREAS OF WORK

  • Maternal & New-born Health
  • Child Health
  • Nutrition
  • Adolescent Health
  • Urban Health
  • WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)

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Aligning with the global breakthrough – ‘No child dies from preventable causes before their fifth birthday’, Save the Children designs, develops, and deploys innovative solutions through various programmes.

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Our Approach Towards Making A Difference

  • Optimal utilization of Health, Nutrition and WASH-related services is critical for the well-being of children, adolescents, pregnant women, and lactating mothers. Our ambition for 2030 is that all children survive, learn, and are protected by bringing multi-sectoral interventions to the most disadvantaged families.
  • We work towards strengthening factors which can help address poor health and undernutrition
    • Access to clean water and sanitation
    • Hygiene practices
    • Adequate dietary intake
    • Prevention and management of childhood infections
  • Being a multi-thematic organisation, we use integrated approaches to address the many underlying causes of malnutrition and employ evidence-based strategies to improve access to safe and nutritious food through nutrition-sensitive agriculture, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), social protection, education, livelihoods and school health and nutrition interventions. We work to support and increase the coverage of government flagship programmes such as Anemia Mukt Bharat, Poshan Abhiyan, Eat Right Campaign to to improve the health and nutritional well-being of children, adolescents and mothers.
  • We aim to improve nutritional security through improving behavioural practices in feeding young infants and children, strengthening health and ICDS services.
  • Supporting children suffering from tuberculosis with nutritional support to improve their recovery and convalescence. Building a supporting and conducive ecosystem for paediatric tuberculosis through strengthening the ecosystem for tuberculosis management.
  • Strengthening of Comprehensive Primary Healthcare Services focusing on specific healthcare needs of all sections of the population irrespective of age, gender, ethnicity, religious belief, sexual orientation, and place of residence or socioeconomic status.
  • Supporting Ministry of Health & Family Welfare’s initiative of Ayushman Bharat Health Wellness Centres in four states (Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh) to provide universal access to Comprehensive Primary Health Care (CPHC)

Save the Children’s Engagement with Government: Highlights

  • Save the Children has collaborated with the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to support the SAANS campaign at national and state level to combat childhood pneumonia.
  • Save the children has collaborated with NITI Aayog in strengthening nutrition programmes across three Aspirational Districts of Jharkhand and Bihar.
  • Save the Children worked as a core member of NITI Aayog’s committee on Integrated Development for children in the age group of 3-6 years, along with World Bank, UNICEF, BVRLF and Alliance for Right to ECD.
  • We forged strategic partnership as a Steering Committee member for State of Delhi under Mission Poshan 2.0, taking forward the agenda of undernutrition to build a heathy state.
  • Save the Children and South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) joined hands to strengthen maternal, newborn and child health services at Tilak Nagar Municipality Hospital.
  • Worked closely with States and Districts to support the national delivery of COVID-19 vaccines in line with the national guidelines and roadmap.
  • Partnered with the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare as a NIKSHAY MITRA under the ‘Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan’ to provide support to Persons with TB undergoing treatment with a commitment to eliminate TB from India.