Key Components

  1. Planning, Coordination, & Review Processes
  2. Growth monitoring & promotion
  3. Empowerment
  4. Social Mobilization
  5. Monitoring


  • keyComponent1Planning coordination, & review processes: Realizing the importance of the convergence of all the village level functionaries of the government departments, the issue of child nutrition is being put as integral part of the village level convergence meeting scheduled every month. Through engagement of gram panchayat, gram sabha is being strengthened for the community mobilization to address the issue. The process of mentoring and feedback ( both giving and taking ) is being institutionalized through Child Development Project Officer ( CDPO ), Supervisor, and the cadre below. The series of coordination and review meetings have been conducted and are practiced as per their frequency:
    1. Meeting with the Taluka officials along with the Dy. CEO, Zillha Parishad: Happening every month.
    2. Strategic Planning cum review meeting with Key Stakeholders: It includes all the key stakeholders from both government and NGOs. It is organized every month and led by the Block Development Officer ( BDO). Senior officials from the district and state cadre also Chair the meeting. This facilitates the synergy of various effort at taluka level by the stakeholders for the common cause of malnutrition reduction.
    3. Cluster Coordination Meetings – It is conducted every month and started in July 2015. The details of this are briefly explained later in the document.
    4. District Task Force Meeting – It was conducted every second month at Thane. Chief Executive Officer, Palghar Zillha Parishad led
  •  Growth monitoring & promotion: This is to track every adolescent girl, mother( pregnant ) and child in the ICDS project area.Currently, over 9000 children registered under the Jawhar ICDS II project are being tracked for weight. Based on the experiences, the application has been revised and it includes the tracking of mother and adolescent girls as well. The tracking with new application has begun since June 2015.keyComponent3 Also, key systems and processes had to be institutionalized jointly by both the Government and JSWFoundation which include:
    1. Cluster Based Approach.
    2. All the vacant positions of Supervisors, Anganwadi Workers, & Anganwadi Helpers must be filled-in before implementation begins.
    3. Each Supervisor Beat must be divided into three clusters of 8-10 anganwadi based on geographical proximity
    4. Monthly cluster coordination meeting to be held on 10th/11th/12th working day of every month
    5. The best performing Anganwadi Worker is selected as Cluster Coordinator first time by the supervisor
    6. In Subsequent months, the performance of each anganwadi worker under the particular cluster is to be evaluated against the performance indicators discussed earlier with them during the first cluster coordination meeting
      1. The best performing anganwadi worker then becomes the cluster coordinator for the next month for that particular cluster
      2. This position is performance based and hence offers opportunity to every anganwadi worker in the cluster to become a cluster coordinatorkeyComponent5
      3. First two anganwadi workers who become a cluster coordinator for maximum number of times in a year shall be facilitated at the district level at a function
      4. The cluster coordinator facilitates the regular reporting of the set of activities ( as per the work plan of the other anganwadi workers in that cluster ) to the supervisor on weekly basis
      5. The supervisor has to ensure that every anganwadi worker in the cluster gets an opportunity to become a cluster coordinator once in a year
    7. The supervisor who has maximum number of anganwadi workers becoming cluster coordinator in her BEAT shall be facilitated at a state level function.
    8. Equipment:

      1. Stadiometer: One per anganwadi has been distributed across all the anganwadi in Jawhar taluka.
      2. Infantometer: Three per cluster has been distributed across all the anganwadi in Jawhar taluka
      3. Weighing scale: It has been distributed to 60 anganwadi where it was either malfunctioning or not available.
      4. Smart Phone: Six smart phones have been distributed to six ICDS supervisor to facilitate the monitoring.
      5. Supplementary food: Besides the ongoing menu of ICDS, it is planned to give one meal to the pregnant mothers and children under the age of six years at anganwadi everyday. A protocol is being developed and shall be finalized in discussion with Zilha Parishad to start as pilot in one ICDS BEAT.Stadiometer is a height measuring instrument and it would help track the nutrition of the child.Infantometer is an instrument to measure the height of the infants.Weighing Scale is used for taking the weight of infants and children.
  • Empowerment: A joint approach of human development through training and social mobilization is key to the complete project. Cascade model of training process has been adopted where the 24 taluka level master trainers have been developed from a pool of trainers under the various government departments including ICDS .
    1. keyComponent7Training: Cascade model of the empowerment process has been planned where there is a regular process of learning, experimenting, reflecting, and putting back the learning into action. There is a well planned strategy for the human resources development at various levels and it includes Frontline workers of government ( Anganwadi Helper, Workers, Beat Supervisors, ANM, ASHA, Gram Sewak & Teachers); Key stakeholders(Key officials from the department of Health, Education, Rural Development and Women and Child Development under the Thane Zillha parishad ); & Community ( Village, Women Self Help Groups( SHGs), Decision makers at the family level, Local leadership). Over 1000 people have been trained so far through these trainings.
      1. Trainers Identification Workshop
      2. Training of Trainers( ToT ):
      3. Refresher ToT:
      4. Cluster level Training Program
      5. Training of social mobilization through street plays
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    Social Mobilization:
    1. Gram Panchayat/ Village level meetings:
    2. Information, Education, and Communication related materials:
    3. Street Plays on various
    4. issues related to malnutrition
  • Monitoring: 
    1. Water & Sanitation: Access to water and sanitation is very critical to the community health. Hence, the Anganwadi infrastructure is being renovated in partnership with the gram panchayat in such a way that it promotes both short-term and long-term behavioral changes among the children and the family at large on health and hygiene. The key components under this include anganwadi beautification, toilet repair, handwashing, and behavior modification. Sixteen anganwadi have been renovated.
      1. Sustained Nutrition and health:
      2. Sustained livelihood: Strengthening the livelihood opportunities at the village level has been perceived as both immediate and long-term strategy to counter the issue of malnutrition. JSW has initiated following activities in this direction:
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      4. Partnership with ICRISAT to develop models on crop productivity through watershed development and crop diversity practices.
      5. Promotion of the plantation of fruit giving trees in partnership with existing government programs such as MNREGS, Eco Village scheme. This will add to long-term solution to the issue of accessibility and availability of food besides livelihood generation.
      6. In partnership with TERI, identification of local roots and rhizomes to address the issue of malnutrition through the promotion of the usage of these among the local population. Also, the bioprospecting of the nutritive varieties is being done to help the local economy along with long-term nutrition enhancement in the area.