Malnutrition is widely prevalent in the rural pockets of Jharkhand comprising a large SC/ST population. The fact that 64% of tribal children are underweight and 80% of these kids are anaemic, leaves a lot to ponder about the current state of child health in the state. More than three -fourth of rural adolescent girls suffer from iron deficiency. Ignorance of the rural folks on better reproductive and Child health, nutrition and hygiene has further enhanced the gravity of the situation.

The project 'Poshnann' in the Sonaraithari block of Deoghar district is mainly aimed at sensitization of 40 villages of the block on health, nutrition and sustainable agriculture. It advocates a multi sectoral approach in eradication of hunger and malnutrition through synergy between agriculture, nutrition and WASH interventions. Departments like ATMA, MGNREGA, ICDS and JSLPS have come around in support of Prabha in the project co-sponsored by BMZ and WHH in implementation at ground level. It emphasizes the behavioral change of the villagers on nutrition and health security through the ongoing government programs like NSMP and LANN PLA. Health and nutrition of women and children from marginalised sections form the core principle of the project.


Project duration - January 2018-December 2021.
Location - 44 villages in 8 panchayats from Sonaraithari block in Deoghar district.
Supporting agencies -BMZ & WHH

Prabha, being an implementing agency of the project, is consistently devoted towards striving for transformation of Sonaraithari block as a new template of socio-economic change for other districts of Jharkhand.

Identification of 1058 malnourished children in 801 households.
55 nutrition camps conducted in 40 villages.
1500 households got access and support through kitchen gardens.
Around 460 farmers received support through sustainable, integrated farming systems, vermicompost pit construction, and azolla support.
1156 households trained in backyard poultry farming.
268 handwash platforms created, wash-kit distribution among 807 children, 1,63,000 soaps distributed in 1400 households.
Water testing exercise done in 44 villages
Sensitization program about proper hand-wash,sanitation and hygiene practises conducted in 20 schools through celebration of global handwashing days.
Awareness generation about nutritional intake in 16 villages conducted through celebration of nutrition month.
Nutrimix distributed among 250 children. Prabha's intervention has helped in treatment of 100 Severely Acute Malnourished (SAM) children.
Gram Safai Abhiyan conducted in 25 villages

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