The goal of the foundation is to work towards eradicating child malnutrition and building a replicable and scalable model for improving the nutritional and health status of children aged 0-6 years. In rural areas, the incidence of malnourished children with developmental delays is very high. A holistic approach to child development seeks to simultaneously address the motor, cognitive and socio-emotional aspects of a child’s life. In the absence of an enabling environment, children do not achieve their full developmental potential. This has major implications for their health throughout life and results in a considerable loss in human capital for the country.
The foundation works on an integrated life cycle approach to curb malnutrition amongst adolescent girls, mothers and children. The Aayushi (health and nutrition) program is engaged with children under 6 years of age. In 2018-19, the foundation intensified its interventions with children suffering from severe and moderate malnutrition by providing protein supplements to them to improve the health status. The results show that, prevalence of Severe Malnutrition and Moderate Malnutrition in children (aged 0-6 years) has reduced by 21% as compared to the year 2017-18. Recently, the foundation has also strengthened its interventions for exclusive breastfeeding practice in children up to the age of 6 months.