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From face to face to phone-based data collection from Swabhimaan impact evaluation sites: Lessons from Bihar & Chhattisgarh on adapting process monitoring

Author : Abhishek Saraswat, IIPS, Bharati Sahu, Monica Shrivastav, Neha Abraham ROSHNI-CWCSA

‘How are programmes adapting?’ ‘How have field activities and essential services been affected and what are the challenges faced by frontline workers?’ ‘What lessons can we learn about the resilience of community-based institutions to support systems during health emergencies and what are the new areas where capacities need to be built?’ These are questions policy-makers, programme implementers, evaluators and researchers have been engaging with since a nation-wide lockdown was announced in India on the 24th of March, to deal with the COVID-19 crisis.

12/07/2020

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Why nutrition programmes for women & girls must strengthen gender responsiveness, now!

Author : Neha Abraham, ROSHNI-CWCSA

Bastar, Chhattisgarh. 18-year-old Lalita nervously watched over her four-month-old son Anand*, as her husband prepared a concoction of horse dung and warm water one afternoon in September 2003 at their village Alwahi in the Eastern Indian state of Chhattisgarh. Horse dung was believed to have properties that could reverse the ill-effects of the kathal sabzi or jackfruit that Lalita had absent-mindedly eaten at a neighbour’s house. They had heard that if breastfeeding mothers ate kathal, it could make the baby gravely ill. So her husband, Ramesh*, had travelled for an hour to villages on the outskirts of their district in search of horses and dung.

27/06/2020

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Essential Outreach Services Hit In States With Worst Health Indicators

Author : Prachi Salve

Mumbai: Six of the eight most socioeconomically backward Indian states--together called the empowered action group--which have among the highest infant and maternal mortality rates have discontinued health outreach services during the countrywide COVID-19 lockdown, multiple government and media reports show.

20/04/2020

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How Women’s Collectives In Odisha Villages Are Driving Health Reforms for Young Mothers

Author : Swagata Yadavar

Koraput and Angul, Odisha: Mild winter sunlight streamed through the banyan trees under which Dhana Anjaria sat cross-legged with two other pregnant women of Dumuriput village in Koraput district, 500 km west of state capital Bhubaneswar. They were listening with rapt attention to tips on nutrition for pregnant women.

14/01/2020

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In Bihar Schools, Student-Gardeners Improve Nutrition, Health Metrics

Author : Shreya Raman

Purnia, Bihar: When she grows up, 14-year-old Amita Kumari wants to become a police officer just like her mother. The class eight student of a government middle school in Kasba, a town in eastern Bihar’s Purnia district, knows that she needs to be “strong” in order to become a police officer. At 5 feet 3 inches, Amita, whose height is ideal for her age as per the World Health Organisation standards, is an exception in her class. A majority of her classmates are shorter than her. “I used to dislike vegetables earlier,” Amita said, “but now I eat a lot of them because I want to grow strong.”

10/12/2019

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Feeding Mothers, Fighting Malnutrition: The East Godavari Experience

Author : Swagata Yadavar

Rajahmundry (East Godavari district), Andhra Pradesh: The most significant difference between Ushasri’s two sons--born seven years apart--was their weight.

30/08/2019

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