Mebrahtu, Saba 

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Applying positive deviance for making adolescent anemia control programme relevant to tribal communities: The experience from Khunti district, India

Objectives Positive Deviance (PD) approach has been applied to tackling major thematic problems, except adolescent anemia. PD was used to improve compliance to adolescent anemia control programme in Jharkhand State, India, where anemia prevalence in adolescent girls is 70%, and programme compliance is low, despite robust delivery system and political will. Methods With leadership of

Are women’s collectives’ effective vehicles for improving women’s nutrition in tribal eastern India? Findings of a scoping study

Objectives This study examined effectiveness of organized women groups, for delivering maternal nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions, as fund grantees, in three tribal-dominated districts of Odisha, Jharkhand, and Chhattisgarh States, in eastern India. Methods The scoping study was conducted between July 2014 and March 2015, across three tribal districts, covering 4.3 million population. It generated evidence

Delivering tribal pregnant and lactating mothers a daily nutritional boost through women self-help group platforms: Evidence from states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, India

Objectives Delivery of balanced protein energy supplementation as hot cooked meal during pregnancy through government-led women self-help group platforms remains to be tested. The paper describes the initiation, evidence generation and replication of one full meal scheme in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, India. Methods Initiated in 2013, the scheme covers 70,000 pregnant and breastfeeding mothers

Diagnostic accuracy of mid-upper-arm-circumference for screening thinness in Indian adolescents

Objectives In India, as a part of School Health Programme, assessment of height, weight and clinical signs of nutritional deficiencies are to be conducted biannually by trained paramedics. We tested feasibility and diagnostic accuracy of using Mid-upper-arm-circumference (MUAC) during these biannual assessments. Methods Using PPS methodology, in May-July 2013, 30 government schools each in two

Engaging with salt traders helps make affordable iodized salt accessible to the most vulnerable households in Odisha, India

Objectives The household use of adequately iodized salt was low in Odisha, at 40% in 2006. UNICEF supported the Medical College and Odisha Government to engage with salt traders and community organizers, to increase demand for iodized salt, enhance its distribution and consumption. Methods Multiple stakeholders, including salt traders and state governmental departments that focus

Harnessing power of women collectives to deliver proven nutrition-sensitive and nutrition-specific interventions for improving women’s nutrition in three Indian States – Bihar, Chhattisgarh, and Odisha

Objectives Effective delivery of interventions for improving women’s nutrition, using cash grant to women collectives, remain to be tested in Indian settings. Swabhimaan multi-sectoral demonstration programme (2015-17) was designed to test the delivery of nutrition services to women (before conception, during pregnancy and lactation) via 641 federations of women groups, using cash grant, in Bihar,

The adverse side effects and other factors inhibiting compliance in India’s Weekly Iron Folic Acid Supplementation programme

Objectives India’s Weekly Iron Folic Acid Supplementation (WIFS) programme is successfully reaching 108 million youths, to control anemia among adolescents. But compliance still remains low. Incidence of side effects, negative media reports, public anxiety and peer pressure surrounding the program, were found to inhibit WIFS compliance, requiring corrective actions. Methods A school based cross-sectional study

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