2.3M

cases of anaemia averted among pregnant women, women and adolescents

43K

cases of low birthweight averted due to at least 90 IFA supplements

857K

births protected from neural tube defects through flour fortification and WIFAS

The need

Prevalence of anaemia in India

Adolescent girls: 53% of adolescent girls in India are affected by anaemia

Women: 51.2% of mothers had at least four antenatal care visits, but only 21% completed the full antenatal care program

Newborns: 41.5% of newborns are breastfed within the first hour after birth

Infants: Mortality rates for premature or low birthweight infants rose from 12.3 per 1,000 live births in 2000 to 14.3 per 1,000 live births in 2015

Our solution

Supporting maternal, adolescent, infant and young child nutrition

Folate/Folic Acid

Folate/Folic Acid

Iodine

Iodine

Iron

Iron

Nutrition International is providing technical and financial support for:

Double fortified salt

  • Developing technical documents, advocacy tools, and activities under the Eat Right India campaign
  • Procuring double fortified salt (fortified with iodine and iron) and introducing it in hot cooked meals

Wheat flour fortification

  • Supporting millers to produce flour adequately fortified with iron and folic acid
  • Working with state governments to introduce iron and folic acid fortified wheat flour through social safety net programs

Adolescent nutrition 

  • Strengthening operationalization of the weekly iron-folic acid supplementation program across five states
  • Facilitating timely procurement and distribution of weekly iron-folic acid supplements
  • Building capacity of district and sub-district officials on monitoring, reporting, and review mechanisms

Maternal nutrition

  • Budgeting and procuring iron-folic acid supplements
  • Monitoring and reporting
  • Building capacity of district and sub-district officials in monitoring and reporting

Birth and postnatal package

  • Providing support to the state governments of Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh for improving maternal and newborn care services both in health facilities and community settings

Infant and young child nutrition

  • Showing the link between the prevention and treatment of child undernutrition as a continuum of care, focusing on appropriate nutrition practices to prevent children going into any grade of acute malnutrition
  • Ensuring treated children who have recovered from acute malnutrition do not sink back again into malnourishment

Most recent reported results (2018)

  • 15 million additional people in areas we support consumed iron and iodine-fortified salt, including five million additional women
  • Two million additional adolescent girls and pregnant and lactating women in Gujarat, as well as 1.3 million children, benefitted from double fortified salt through the Integrated Child Development Services social protection program
  • 285,000 additional women reached with adequately fortified wheat flour
  • 6 million additional adolescent girls were reached with the recommended dose of weekly iron-folic acid supplements
  • 600,000 additional pregnant women consumed 90 or more iron-folic acid supplements
  • 239,000 additional newborns received timely initiation of breastfeeding
  • 377,000 additional newborns received optimal timing of cord clamping
  • 23,000 low birthweight and preterm newborns received kangaroo mother care
  • 51,000 additional children aged six to 23 months received the minimum acceptable diet

The Impact

Increasing reach and impact

Right Start helped improve wheat flour fortification and production of double fortified salt in India, increased the number of women and adolescents consuming iron and folic acid, and protected hundreds of thousands of births from stunting, low birthweight and neural tube defects.

2.3M

cases of anaemia averted among pregnant women, women and adolescents

43K

cases of low birthweight averted due to at least 90 IFA supplements

857K

births protected from neural tube defects through flour fortification and WIFAS