Pune: State Tribal Department (STD) has initiated a unique programme, 'Community Action for Nutrition (CAN)' for empowering tribal communities to improve nutrition and strengthening awareness of nutrition-related services.
This decision was taken in the wake of National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4) which showed that in the state one-third of the children population is stunted, one fourth are wasted and half are anemic.
Under this CAN initiative, six districts namely Pune, Raigad, Nashik, Thane, Palghar, Nandurbar and Gadchiroli will participate. The target will be 400 villages in these districts which are identified as having a grim picture of malnourished tribal children.
According to the Government Resolution (GR) issued on October 18, this initiative will be implemented between October 2017 and March 2018 and will be followed by individualised counselling and follow-up.
The total budget allocated for the same period is over Rs one crore rupee. The GR laid down that the major role will be played by Asha workers in these villages. They will be paid Rs 1,000 for counselling parents on undernourishment and helping them get for the children proper nutrients and food.
Speaking to Sakal Times, social worker Ravindra Talpe said that monitoring the scheme and regular fund transfer are important.
“The Asha worker has been active in these areas for a very long but malnutrition is rampant there. The implementation of these schemes is important and it can ensure that malnutrition is eradicated from the root in these areas,” said Talpe.