Maternal Young Child Nutrition Security Initiative (MYCNSI)
To reduce stunting and anaemia in a comprehensive manner there is a need to respond to all the underlying determinants i.e. food, health and care practices. Unnayan Sangha’s strengths are working on the health and care components with food security and related livelihood components. All three determinants are necessary conditions to reduce stunting. The funding available is inadequate to address the livelihood component in a meaningful manner. As Unnayan Sangha is working on livelihood programmes in the same areas, so it will be the best way to ensure convergent action in all three necessary determinants.
CARE and Unnayan Sangha (US) will forge synergistic and strategic partnerships through programming that is complementary to Government planning and programming. This collaboration with CARE will focus focuses on:
a) Building capacity to raise knowledge, awareness and competency to address maternal nutrition, appropriate young child feeding, anaemia and hygiene and sanitation practices
b) Curative with referral of sick children and treatment of severe acute malnutrition
c) Preventive on creation of advocacy network; community mobilisation; peer support group and individual counselling; social and behavior change communication and special support for the ultra-poor families.