Facilitated Action Against Malnutrition (FAAM)


Partnerships for Women’s Empowerment and Rights (PoWER)

Public Health Resource Society (PHRS) is in partnership with Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN) to support them to evolve and implement a comprehensive strategy that interlinks health and nutrition with agriculture and other livelihood practices. This collaborative initiative informally known as Facilitated Action Against Malnutrition (FAAM) is supported by BMGF Foundation under the aegis of Partnerships for Women’s Empowerment and Rights (PoWER).  This project aims to bring positive changes towards health and nutrition of women and children and linking it with agricultural practices and livelihood.

The following strategy is being adopted to achieve the intended outcomes.

  • Working with Women’s group
  • Working with Systems
  • Leveraging agriculture and livelihood practices towards improving health and nutrition by the following strategies
    • Facilitating production and distribution of more nutritious staple crops and improving consumption of nutritious food
    • Increase access to nutritious food and improve intake of nutritious food among women and children

The project was initially first piloted at Kathikund block in Dumka district, Sonua block in West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand and Balliguda block of Kandhamal district in Odisha where various tools were tested. It was found that the Community Resource Person (CRPs) found it difficult to facilitate the meetings because it was a challenge for them in the fields to travel to different villages for these meetings. Dropout rate of CRPs were very high, thus a new ground strategy which involves change vectors (CV) supported by paid mentors was conceived. A mentor will be a paid PHRN staff who will help in hand holding and supporting the change vectors in conducting meetings in the villages/SHGs. One mentor would be guiding and enabling a team of 20 change vectors to achieve the intended outcomes, and with the new strategy two new blocks have been added to the project. The new blocks are Jaykaypur and K. Nuagaon in Odisha. The project has two programme coordinators, one based out of Delhi, and one from Ranchi. Each block has a Block Programme Coordinator (BPO).

Women’s Collective led Process for Impacting Poverty and Malnourishment

PHRS is in partnership with Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN) to support them to evolve and implement a comprehensive strategy that interlinks health and nutrition with agriculture and other livelihood practices. This collaborative initiative informally known as Facilitated Action Against Malnutrition (FAAM) is supported by IKEA Foundation under the aegis of “Women’s Collective Led Processes for Impacting Poverty and Malnourishment”. It aims to bring positive changes towards health and nutrition of women and children and linking it with agricultural practices and livelihood. The project is implemented in four blocks namely Mohgaon, Samnapur, Darbha, and Jhalda from Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal.

For this project the change vector (CV) is the change agent.  The CVs are selected from the SHGs and they are on voluntary basis. They undergo training at the block level on the PB modules, and the same will be facilitated by them in the community level in their respective SHGs. To help them in facilitation there are mentors, who is a paid PHRN staff. The mentors will help in hand holding and supporting the change vectors throughout the rolling out. One mentor would be guiding and enabling a team of 20 change vectors. There are BPOs who coordinate the project from the block. They are placed within the PRADAN team.

The objectives of the project are as follows:

  • Building perspective, knowledge and skills among the PRADAN staff around the issues of health and nutrition and sharpen their understanding around nutrition sensitive engagements.
  • Increase awareness among women to help understand the underlying causes and practices related to malnutrition
  • Increase access to government interventions, especially to ICDS, water and sanitation and Health department
  • Reduction of malnutrition and anaemia among women and children

 SHG led Transformation of Rural Communities through Partnerships (STaRtup)

STaRTup is an initiative supported by IKEA foundation and will continue to be implemented in the existing four blocks, namely, Mohgaon, Samnapur, Darbha, and Jhalda from Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal.  However, the project may be extended to other geographic, as well as thematic areas; the plans are still unfolding. The project will be for a period of two years.

 

Community Needs Assessment Tool, designed and developed by Dr. Vandana Prasad, 2014.